Once again the elimination of In God We Trust (IGWT) has been shot down http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5641412/in_god_we_trust_on
To me, it is so clear that this is a violation of my 1st amendment rights. So how could so many highly intelligent justices be wrong?
To answer this question, I first went to the 1st amendment of the constitution, which says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion". This is called the "establishment clause."
"The establishment clause has generally been interpreted to prohibit 1) the establishment of a national religion by Congress, or 2) the preference of one religion over another. The first approach is called the "separation" or "no aid" interpretation, while the second approach is called the "non-preferential" or "accommodation" interpretation. " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Establishment_Clause_of_the_First_Amen
While, I can see how IGWT does not technically establish a national religion, it does establish a preference for the western Abrahamic religions over the Eastern Buddhist/Taoist/Hindu religions since these religions do no claim to trust in God. While I suppose the justices could technically say that it is okay to prefer one type (Western) over another (Eastern), but it is not okay to establish a single religion such as Christianity over another such as Islam. It seems that the justices have used technicalities so as to help perpetuate their own religions.
However, by printing IGWT on currency, the government is saying that Islam is not our religion because we do not print "In Allah We Trust" on our money. So, in essence, doesn't IGWT establish a preference for the Judeo/Christian religions?
In the most recent decision in http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5641412/in_god_we_trust_on
... it the justices wrote that "the history, character and context (reasons) for the text prevent it from being in violation of the First Amendment. So what they are saying is that because of our Judeo/Christian tradition, we can trample the rights of Muslims and Eastern religions? I think that these justices may be suffering from religion's affect on the brain, making it more difficult for them to detect errors and inconsitencies. http://www.psychologicalscience.org/media/releases/2009/inzlicht.cfm
This topic was also discussed at http://www.atheistnexus.org/forum/topics/2182797:Topic:20924?xg_sou...