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BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) - Prosecutors are trying to get God off of Brazilian banknotes.

Public prosecutor Jefferson Dias argues that the country is a secular state and that the phrase, "God be praised," disregards the rights of non-Christians.

He is asking a federal court to order the phrase removed. His motion was filed on Monday.

Dias says the fact that most Brazilians are Christian does not justify the "violation of the fundamental rights of those that follow different religions or do not believe in God."

The Assembly of God Church is one of the largest evangelical churches in Brazil and it opposes the motion.

Church official Tilza Feliciano said Tuesday that "God must be praised all the times and everywhere."

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