Courts
Jonathan Miano, The Times

CHICAGO — Hell may have to freeze over before a self-declared satanist gets another shot at challenging the constitutionality of the motto, "In God We Trust," on American money.

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reported Wednesday that a federal judge in Chicago has tossed Kenneth Mayle's lawsuit. In it, the Chicagoan argues that the motto forces him to propagate a religious view he opposes, violating his constitutional rights.

But Judge Amy St. Eve rejected that. She cited a long-standing Supreme Court ruling that concluded a motto on currency isn't something people display prominently and so it can't be said they're forced to publicly advertise views that clash with theirs.

The odds may be against him, but Mayle told the legal newspaper he intends to appeal St. Eve's ruling anyway.

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Information from: Chicago Daily Law Bulletin , http://www.chicagolawbulletin.com

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