SATURDAY
March 18, 2001
volume 12, no. 77

Court Upholds Ohio's God-centered Motto



    CINCINNATI, Mar. 16, 01 (CWNews.com) - A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that Ohio's motto, "With God, all things are possible," is constitutional.

    The 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's 1998 ruling that the motto, which is a quote from the Bible, is not an endorsement of Christianity. "We agree -- and we would add that, just as the motto does not have as its primary purpose the advancement of religion, it does not have the primary effect of advancing religion, either," appellate Judge David A. Nelson wrote in the majority opinion.

    A three-judge panel of the full court had ruled last April that motto did violate the Constitution. Ohio adopted the motto in 1959 and uses it on official stationery, tax forms and some reports, as well as on a bronze plate in the sidewalk at an entrance to the Statehouse.

    The American Civil Liberties Union, which originally brought the suit, has not decided whether to ask the US Supreme Court to review the decision.


March 18, 2001
volume 12, no. 77
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