Alabama public school officials are backing an effort to put God back in the school in their state. They want to put displays inside their school buildings that have the U.S. motto “In God We Trust” on it. Critics are up in arms and speaking out against the move. They call it “a constant push for theocracy.”
State lawmakers in February approved legislation allowing this kind of display on public property. The motto soon could become more common in Alabama schools. Legal challenges are expected to follow.
The first school board ready to become one of the first to take action is Blount County. A policy on the issue could be drafted within the next month, Superintendent Rodney Green said.
People who are watching this effort view Blount County as a testing ground for the upcoming legal battles with organizations that advocate for the separation of church and state.
“You would think that something that passes the Legislature won’t be challenged in the courtroom but we all know that it can and probably will,” said Green. He oversees a school system with more than 7,800 students spread out over 17 schools north of Jefferson County.
State Rep. David Standridge, R-Hayden, sponsored the original legislation that gives public bodies the right to display the “In God We Trust” motto. The Alabama law took effect July 1.
Standridge tweeted this message: “This article talks about the “In God We Trust” Act that I had the honor to sponsor. Political correctness has gone too far if our schools are afraid to display our national motto.”
This article talks about the “In God We Trust” Act that I had the honor to sponsor. Political correctness has gone too far if our schools are afraid to display our national motto. https://t.co/u2N54iaJUX
— Rep David Standridge (@JudgeStandridge) August 10, 2018
The Alabama legislation is not a mandate, and is actually a lighter version of what was approved by Tennessee lawmakers this spring. That law requires the motto’s prominent display inside all public schools.
“My hope is they have the Ten Commandments in the schools all over the state of Alabama as well as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the historical documents that go with this country,” said Dean Young, chairman of the Ten Commandments political action committee. “That way, children will be able to see and ask, ‘What are these documents’ and a teacher can say, ‘Those are the Ten Commandments and they come from God and this is what they say.’”
“It’s a tsunami of Christian national laws in our country right now,” said Annie Laurie Gaylord, co-president of the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation.
“The upcoming election will say a lot about the direction of our nation,” she added. “With the Republicans in charge of Congress and so many of these states, we are seeing a constant push for theocracy.”
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