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Should Schools Be Required to Display ‘In God We Trust’?

Should public schools be required to post “In God We Trust”?

by Countable | 4.24.19

What’s the story?

  • Missouri is considering a bill that would require public schools to display “In God We Trust” in a “prominent location” such as a school entryway or cafeteria.
  • Six states passed “In God We Trust” bills into law last year, and 10 states have either introduced or passed such legislation in 2019. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) signed an “In God We Trust” bill into law last month.

What are people saying?

  • Missouri’s HB 577 is part of the nationwide legislative push “Project Blitz,” which describes itself as a movement to “protect the free exercise of traditional Judeo-Christian religious values and beliefs in the public square, and to reclaim and properly define the narrative which supports such beliefs.”
  • Rep. Dean Dohrman, R-La Monte, who introduced the bill, said he picked up the legislation because “because 16 other states have it. I thought, ‘Well, it is our national motto. It’s important for us to know our national symbols and our national mottos.’”
  • “Anything that might send a message to our children that you have to be a Christian to be a full American is extremely problematic,” said Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, which is fighting against Project Blitz.
  • The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty and other civil and religious advocates have signed a letter opposing Project Blitz, calling it an “alarming effort… to harness the power of the government to impose the faith of some onto everyone else, including our public school students.” 

What do you think?

Should public schools be required to post “In God We Trust” in a “prominent location”? Take action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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