Supreme Court again is asked to drop ‘In God We Trust’

In what appears to be a bad case of religious intolerance California lawyer and dedicated atheist Michael Newdow is making another run at “In God We Trust,” with a new Supreme Court petition challenging the national motto.

In an uphill battle, Newdow is asking the nine justices to review an appellate court’s rejection of his claim that the invocation of God on official currency violates the separation of church and state, says the Kansas City Star

“Devout atheists are forced to choose between not using what is often the only available legal tender and committing what they consider blasphemy,” Newdow argued in his petition placed on the court’s docket Tuesday.

With his latest legal petition, Newdow now has multiple First Amendment arguments pending before the Supreme Court.

He is also challenging the phrase “so help me God” in the presidential oath. Newdow said Wednesday that a third petition, challenging the Pledge of Allegiance, would soon arrive at the court.

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This post was last updated: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 12:28 AM, Central European Time (CET)