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Court rules 'Praised be God' can stay on Brazil's currency

A judge in Brazil rejected a suit calling for the removal of the phrase, "Praised be God" from Brazilian currency, saying the motto does not represent imposition of religious belief by the state.

Judge Diana Brunstein said the reference to God on Brazilian currency does not amount to state interference into private life any more than the religious holidays or the names of cities do.

She also said the plaintiffs in the case - the Federal Public Ministry of Sao Paolo - did not consult with any secular or non-Christian institutions expressing outrage over the motto, nor where there any complaints against it.

"I find this fact relevant on the basis that the allegation of violation of religious freedom is not backed up with concrete data from society that denotes annoyance with the word 'God' on our currency," Brunstein said.

Brazil's Central Bank said the religious phrase is not a violation of the 1988 Constitution, which states in its preamble that the magna carta was promulgated "under God's protection."

The phrase was first printed on currency in 1986 by order of then President Jose Sarney.

According to Brazil's 2010 census, 64.6 percent of Brazilians say they are Catholic and 22.2 percent Evangelical. Eight percent claim no religious affiliation, and around 600,000 claim to be atheists.

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