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Judge Roy Moore and Foundation for Moral Law File Legal Brief Defending National Motto, 'In God We Trust'

Contact: Rich Hobson, Foundation for Moral Law, 334/262-1245


MONTGOMERY, Ala., Nov. 30 /Christian Newswire/ -- Former Chief Justice Roy Moore and attorneys with the Foundation for Moral Law filed an amicus curiae brief today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit arguing that the National Motto, "In God We Trust," is a constitutional acknowledgment of God that does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Judge Moore and the Foundation asked the appeals court to uphold the lower court's ruling that atheist Michael Newdow, the plaintiff in this case, should not prevail in his quest to have "In God We Trust" scrubbed from our currency and revoked as our National Motto.  Please click here to view the brief.


Judge Moore said, "It is absolutely ridiculous to think that judges will strike down our national motto because it offends some atheists.  The motto simply recognizes the God which every president in their inaugural address has acknowledged and turned to for guidance and favor."    


This case features yet another outrageous attack by Michael Newdow in his relentless crusade against the fine American tradition of publicly acknowledging God as a nation. After renewing his battle against the Pledge of Allegiance, Newdow has now attacked "In God We Trust."


As Judge Moore and the Foundation point out in their brief, a national motto acknowledging our dependence upon God is not a "law respecting an establishment of religion," which is what the Establishment Clause prohibits. The Motto is a general sentiment that reflects the country's trust in God, but it forces no one to believe (or not believe) or worship contrary to their own convictions. Just because Michael Newdow does not believe in God does not mean the nation must stop acknowledging Him. The courts reviewing this case should hold that the Motto is constitutional because it does not violate the words of the First Amendment.


The Foundation for Moral Law, a national non-profit legal organization, is located in Montgomery, Alabama, and is dedicated to restoring the knowledge of God in law and government through two methods: litigation relating to moral issues and religious liberty cases; and education consisting of forums for the public and pastors' seminars.


For more information about the Foundation for Moral Law and a link to the brief, please visit www.morallaw.org.