On May 19th, a
California federal district court is scheduled to hear opening
arguments in a case brought by California’s Michael Newdow who, the law
center points out, “almost succeeded in having the Pledge of Allegiance
recited by California school children declared unconstitutional.”
Ann Arbor based
Thomas More has filed a friend of the court brief in Sacramento’s
federal district court supporting the U.S. government’s motion to
dismiss the case.
In their brief,
the group said that “This nation and its form of government were
founded upon an essential idea: individuals have God-given rights that
the government may neither bestow nor deny.”
Thompson, the law center’s Chief Counsel added this week that “Newdow’s
attempt to eliminate the mere acknowledgement of our religious heritage
by our National Motto has no basis in constitutional law.”
Supreme Court, in past decisions, has understood there is an unbroken
history of official invocations of Divine guidance beginning with our
Founding Fathers and continuing to our present day leaders,” he said.
Thomas More Law Center has decided to take a prominent atheist activist
to task on the constitutionality of the phrase “in God we trust” and
its role as the U.S.’s national motto.