Lawsuit filed to remove 'in God we trust' from currency

A lawyer from California filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio requesting that the U.S. government stops printing “In God We Trust” on its currency.

Fox 8 reported that attorney Michael Newdow filed the suit Monday.

In the document, Newdow and attorney Thomas M. Horwitz write, “Plaintiffs either specifically do not trust in any ‘G-d’ (with NOT trusting G-d being a basic tenet of their belief systems) or hold G-d’s name so dear and exalted that to inscribe it on a monetary instrument is deemed sinful.”

The suit argues that keeping the phrase on currency violates the First Amendment, the Fifth Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Defendants listed in the suit include Bureau of Engraving and Printing director Leonard R. Olijar, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew and Congress.

Newdow, who is an atheist, has also been seeking to remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.