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Supreme Court rejects case challenging 'In God We Trust' motto on nation's currency
The US Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to the motto "In God We Trust" being displayed on American currency. The motto was called into question by Michael Newdow, who stated that the inclusion of the phrase violated the Establishment (More)
Federal appeals court rejects atheist's argument to remove 'in God we trust' from US currency
The US District Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday rejected atheist Michael Newdow's argument that "In God We Trust" violates the US Constitution and federal law. Newdow initiated the lawsuit in 2016 in the US District Court for (More)
Lawsuit seeks removal of 'In God We Trust' from US currency
California attorney Michael Newdow filed suit Monday in the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio seeking the removal of the phrase "In God We Trust" from US Currency. Newdow represents 49 plaintiffs, including organizations like Mich (More)
Supreme Court to rule on claim against private prison contractors
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in Minneci v. Pollard [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to decide whether to allow a cause of action against private contractors running a federal prison. The issue is whether the court should imply a (More)
Federal appeals court upholds New Hampshire school Pledge of Allegiance law
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled Friday that a New Hampshire law requiring schools to schedule voluntary recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is constitutional. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) , its members Jan and (More)
Federal judge rules Texas Pledge of Allegiance constitutional
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the words "one state under God" in the Texas Pledge of Allegiance do not violate the First Amendment of the US Constitution, upholding a 2009 district court opinion . A Texan coup (More)
Federal appeals court rejects bid to remove 'God' from presidential oath
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday rejected an attempt to remove the phrase "so help me God" from the presidential oath. The challenge was brought by atheist Michael Newdow and several other groups, w (More)
Ninth Circuit upholds Pledge of Allegiance in public schools
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that a teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools does not violate the constitution. Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow had challenged the practice on behalf of (More)
California court allows Pledge of Allegiance challenger to sue chaplain for libel
Atheist Michael Newdow [advocacy website; Time profile], the man who sued [OYEZ case backgrounder; JURIST report] to have the words "under God" removed from the Pledge of Allegiance , will be able to proceed with a libel lawsuit against a (More)
House votes to strip federal judges of jurisdiction over Pledge cases
The US House of Representatives voted Wednesday to block federal judges from ruling on the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance [JURIST news archive; Washington Post backgrounder], which contains the controversial phrase "under God.& (More)