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Florida Requires Schools Display “In God We Trust” Motto, Alabama Next

Picture of a quarter with the motto "In God We Trust" on it
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All Florida public schools are now required to exhibit the state motto phrase “In God We Trust” in a visible space, in accordance with a measure passed by Florida Governor Rick Scott.

In March, Scott sponsored an education bill that included this measure referencing the benefits of this historic phrase in spaces used by youth.

Photo provided by Architect of the Capitol.

“Each district school board shall adopt rules to require, in all of the schools of the district and in each building used by the district school board, the display of the state motto … in a conspicuous place,” the measure reads in the 2018 Florida state statutes.

Tennessee public schools also require this measure, and one district in Alabama is now poised to add the religious reference to their state-funded schools.

One month after the Alabama state courts approved the display of “In God We Trust” plaques in public spaces, the Blount County school district has begun legal consultations in preparation of being the first to put the Christian emblem on their walls.

Blount County Superintendent Rodney Green says a policy to implement these displays could come together as soon as next month.

The phrase, which is printed on the nation’s paper currency, is a nod to the county’s Christian heritage, but many have argued that displaying it in government-funded spaces does not adhere to the nation’s separation between church and state.

The motto can be found printed on one side of the one dollar bill.

Upcoming midterm elections will also present Alabama voters with a choice whether to allow changes in the state constitution which would permit the display of the Ten Commandments in public schools.

The religious majority of Alabama residents are evangelical Christians, and President Trump targeted these voters as his audience on the campaign trail by advocating for the protection of Christian expressions and symbols. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former Alabama senator, has also publicly pledged to, and the taboo of religious lingo and has dissipated in the current administration.

Groups acting as watchdogs and advocates of the separation of church and state say that this has likely contributed to policy changes on a state level, and have led to the allowance or requirement of visible claims such as “In God We Trust.”

 

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40 Comments

  1. Linda McWilliams August 15, 2018

    Big deal, how about more important things like fighting for Vets, Elderly, poor children, our environment? You can put any words you want on your money, buildings cars ect ect but if you don’t do what is right those words are meaningless. Actions speak louder then words. VOTE BLUE FOR OUR SAFETY, FREEDOMS, DEMOCRACY, CONSTITUTIONS AND COUNTRY.

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  2. Morales Carlos August 15, 2018

    We can’t discriminate against Satan.

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    1. Cory Sithspawn Presnell August 15, 2018

      Satan *is* God to Satanists.

      Did you not know that?

  3. Scott Stowell August 15, 2018

    And the pseudo religious indoctrination begins .
    This is a direct result of bullshit policies and inclinations of the trumpledorf regime .

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  4. Jason Self August 15, 2018

    Fake trust for a fake country giving their kids a fake education.

    #ItFits

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    1. Cory Sithspawn Presnell August 15, 2018

      How would you know?😂

    2. Jason Self August 15, 2018

      Cory Sithspawn Presnell

      It’s easy to see, isn’t it?

  5. Jonathan Kody Brackett August 15, 2018

    What ever happend to separating of church and state?

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  6. Ken Spalding August 15, 2018

    ‘separation’ of what, and what?
    is the constitution now a sidenote?

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  7. Susan Dow August 15, 2018

    I think SCOTUS will have a lot to say about this.

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  8. Karyl Vermillion August 15, 2018

    I thought there was suppose to be separation of church and state!

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  9. Jeanne Macdonald August 15, 2018

    I want it gone.

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  10. Peca Blanco August 15, 2018

    that is anti constitutional!!!! separation of church an state!!! what they are doing it is called indoctrination!!!!

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  11. Betty Major August 15, 2018

    Against our constitution

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  12. Alyson Michie August 15, 2018

    Pathetic

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  13. Bill Williams August 15, 2018

    A sheriff’s office in Pinellas county, refurbished his office and the rug. It was 3 weeks before anyone noticed the rug actually said “in dog we trust”.

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  14. Patricia Gulifield Segal August 15, 2018

    Bullshit

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  15. Charles Freedom August 15, 2018

    Ignorant bastards.

    Reply
  16. Linda Guzzardo August 15, 2018

    😵👹👺😏

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    1. Linda Guzzardo August 15, 2018

      Inch by inch! Watch the evil grow!

  17. Kay Gee August 15, 2018

    In WHO?????

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  18. Cory Sithspawn Presnell August 15, 2018

    “…the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    That “God”…yeah?

    Reply
  19. Cora Talton August 20, 2018

    Not going to any good.it’s what being taught in the home.and that is being taught is
    hate.

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  20. Gina Bolin August 20, 2018

    Separation from church and state has a purpose

    Reply
  21. Shawn Roberts August 20, 2018

    Congress shall pass no law respecting religion but individual states somehow think it’s okay to forc… https://t.co/bCFn6XBoR0

    Reply
  22. Ken Warhurst August 20, 2018

    Love it!

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  23. Roy Barnes August 20, 2018

    This is probable a good idea, we sure can’t count on congress to do anything.

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  24. Erik Dayton August 20, 2018

    Which God I wonder?

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  25. Larry L. Cunningham August 20, 2018

    Which god?

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  26. Susan Dow August 20, 2018

    Wonder what SCOTUS will have to say about it.

    Reply
  27. Bill Williams August 20, 2018

    The God with all the guns

    Reply
  28. Alyson Michie August 20, 2018

    This should not be….. schools should be for free thought without oppression.

    Reply
  29. Newman Lee August 20, 2018

    Church separate of state , kinna the first thing about gov. In the US

    Reply
  30. Todd Richey August 21, 2018

    Who’s god? Odin? Ganesha? Shiva?

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  31. Fred Nightwalker August 21, 2018

    Satan. Still satan. Hate.

    Reply
  32. Patricia Gulifield Segal August 21, 2018

    Bullshit

    Reply
  33. Jason Self August 21, 2018

    Gotta love that religious “freedom”.

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  34. Romeo Thibeault August 21, 2018

    We are still in the 1950s
    For many Americans, the most enduring symbol of this “Red Scare” was Republican Senator Joseph P. McCarthy of Wisconsin. Senator McCarthy spent almost five years trying in vain to expose communists and other left-wing “loyalty risks” in the U.S. government.

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  35. Linda McWilliams August 21, 2018

    Who cares? What about the children’s healthcare? Does the children of the poor still get a free lunch?

    Reply
  36. Marilyn Jackson August 21, 2018

    Oh, right next to the statue of Osiris.

    Reply

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