Tuesday, July 30, 2019

A red state is plastering `In God We Trust' on the walls of public schools. It's mandatory

It is difficult to see how anybody is hurt by signage

South Dakota's Republican lawmakers said it was about history - the motto appears on money, on license plates, and in the fourth stanza of the Star-Spangled Banner. It's also likely discussed in the classroom, where historical inquiry is a key part of the state's social studies curriculum.

But legislators said they wanted to make it more clear; they wanted to ``reaffirm'' it. So this fall, when students return to school, a new and compulsory message will greet them: ``In God We Trust.'' It'll be the first new academic year since South Dakota's GOP leadership passed a law requiring every public school to display the American maxim ``in a prominent location'' and in font no smaller than 12-by-12 inches.

``Our national motto and founding documents are the cornerstone of freedom and we should teach our children about these things,'' Senator Phil Jensen, the controversial Rapid City politician who sponsored the bill, said at a hearing on the legislation.

South Dakota joins a growing list of states that force their schools to display the motto. At least half a dozen states passed ``In God We Trust'' bills last year, and another 10 have introduced or passed the legislation so far in 2019. Similar signage is going up in Kentucky schools this summer, and Missouri could be next.



Stan B said...

It is a shame that the article uses the words "force their schools" - because they use it so arbitrarily. Did you know they also force their schools to teach English, Math, and Science? They also force their schools to enforce behavior standards. They also force their schools to support equality of opportunity.

The power of the state is such that any action they take is a "forcing," from taxation to speed limits. But I bet they don't say "force people to pay taxes" when they talk about supporting agendas they approve of.

Anonymous said...

There is no such thing as God.
Religion should not be forced upon defenseless children !

Bird of Paradise said...

Forcing kids to go atheists and Secular Humanists is wrong and stupid but Liberals and the leftists ACLU do that all the time

Anonymous said...

Bird of Paradise said...

Stan B said...

Anon 1:24 AM - spoken like a true believer.