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Lecture by Michael Newdow


Lecture by Michael Newdow.



In God We Trust

In November 2005, Newdow announced he wants to have "In god we trust" removed from US currency.

In June 2006, a federal judge rejected Newdow's Establishment Clause lawsuit, on the grounds that the minted words amount to a secular national slogan, and they do not dictate anyone's beliefs.

On December 4, 2007, Newdow argued before a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit to remove both "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance (Roe v. Rio Linda Union School District) and "In God We Trust" from US currency. The Ninth Circuit rejected Newdow's challenge. In a decision published March 11, 2010, the court held that its earlier decision in Aronow, which "held the national motto is of a “patriotic or ceremonial character,” has no “theological or ritualistic impact,” and does not constitute “governmental sponsorship of a religious exercise," foreclosed Newdow's argument.



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