Federal Court Rejects Atheist Lawsuit Challenging National Motto and Pledge of Allegiance Displays at Capitol Visitor Center

October 1, 2010 11:55

Thank God! A federal court judge in Madison, Wis., has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of engravings of the National Motto — “In God We Trust” — and the Pledge of Allegiance at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C.

By Pete Winn at CNSNews.com


U.S. District Judge William M. Conley ruled that the atheist Freedom From Religious Foundation did not have the legal standing to sue the Architect of the Capitol – the office responsible for the Capitol building and grounds – to remove the engravings and that it was pointless to try to stop the engravings, since they have already been made.

Conley did not rule on the merits of the legal challenge or whether the National Motto and Pledge were constitutional.

Sekulow represented 50 members of Congress who defended the National Motto and Pledge, arguing that the atheist group’s lawsuit “border(ed) on frivolous.”


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