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The nation’s largest group of atheists and agnostics filed a federal lawsuit July 14 to stop the engraving of “In God We Trust” and the phrase “one nation under God” in the new Capitol Visitor Center. The Freedom from Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based church-state watchdog group, claimed that the engravings are unconstitutional and would exclude the 15 percent of Americans who identify themselves as nonreligious. “They wanted this up there because they think God is the foundation of our government,” said Annie Laurie Gaylor, copresident of FFRF. “Boy, are they misinformed.” The House and Senate passed resolutions in July approving the inscription of the mottos in prominent areas of Capitol Visitor Center, which serves as the entrance and security-screening point for tourists. Senator Jim DeMint (R., S.C.), who sponsored the bill in the Senate, said references to God should not be censored for political correctness.


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