In recent years, atheists have jumped on the victimhood bandwagon, portraying themselves as a discriminated-against minority. But concrete examples of this oppression are hard to come by, because atheists keep losing in court. On Wednesday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York rejected the arguments of an atheist group that wants “In God We Trust” removed from U.S. currency.
The plaintiffs claimed that being forced to carry around money with the motto violates their Constitutional rights. In a nutshell, the court dismissed their complaints as petty and told them to find something more important to sue over.
Atheists lost their case against the “In God We Trust” motto on the nation’s currency Wednesday…It’s a battle they have lost several times before as court after court has affirmed that printing and engraving the country’s motto on its money does not violate the U.S. Constitution.
But the three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York noted that the courts have long looked at the motto not so much as the entanglement of government in religion, but as a more general statement of optimism and a “reference to the country’s religious heritage.”…”Americans need not be forced to abandon their religious heritage simply to appease someone’s animosity toward anything that references God,” said Rory Gray of the Alliance Defending Freedom.
It’s nice to hear a court affirm that atheists’ complaints of “discrimination” are much ado about nothing. No one is forcing them to carry around a Bible, let alone actually read it, or to attend church. Four words on a slip of paper aren’t exactly the new Salem Witch trials.
We all know what theocracy is, and we know what religious oppression looks like. And it is definitely not what’s happening here. This lawsuit is a mockery of the real, often deadly, oppression that goes on throughout the world every day. If atheists were actually being mistreated in this country, they’d have bigger fish to fry.
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