Pennsylvania House Subcommittee Approves Bill to Put “In God We Trust” in Every Public School

Apr 17, 2016

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By Hemant Mehta

More than two years ago, Republican legislators in Pennsylvania attempted to pass a bill that would put the words “In God We Trust” in every public school — and possibly every classroom — in the state.

The goal was obvious: The government wanted students to believe in God, as if that were a good thing. It also sent the message that we live in a “Christian nation” (whatever that means).

The bill thankfully went nowhere, which is why Rep. Cris Dush (below) is now trying to do it again.

House Bill 1640 just passed the House Education Committee today. It’ll now go to the full chamber for a vote.

In a memo accompanying his bill, Dush said the motto is part of the history and heritage of the United States. He said former Pennsylvania governor James Pollock, while previously serving as director of the United States Mint in Philadelphia, who first suggested the motto on coins more than 150 years ago.

Among the justifications Dush offers for posting this in public schools?

To increase student understanding of and familiarity with American historical documents, historically important excerpts from or copies of the documents should be prominently displayed in public school buildings.

Great! Let’s get the First Amendment up there along with the Treaty of Tripoli which says the U.S. government “is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”


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14 comments on “Pennsylvania House Subcommittee Approves Bill to Put “In God We Trust” in Every Public School

  • @OP – The bill thankfully went nowhere, which is why Rep. Cris Dush (below) is now trying to do it again.

    House Bill 1640 just passed the House Education Committee today. It’ll now go to the full chamber for a vote.

    Delusional voters who trust in imaginary gods with no substance in reality, are also likely to trust in delusional representatives who are selling imaginary benefits to them which also have no substance in reality: – but selling fantasy, is much easier than formulating real policies which benefit the people, and which will be tested in the real world!

    Real policies can even be inadequate or wrong and attract criticism, whereas fantasies merely remain irrelevant, but available for recycling!



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  • What I find staggering about this and America is that voters tolerate this nonsense. I would be appalled that this bill that clearly goes against the constitution would be considered, knowing full well that it will be challenged and they will loose at great expense, worse at the expense of the hideous opportunity cost lost for real issues while this pointless nonsense goes on.

    Of course I live in a country where more than 70% of the population agree with both gay marriage and euthanasia and yet we can’t get either past while conservative US has both (in the case of euthanasia only in a Oregon?) but still for all your issues you do suddenly get some things right.



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  • Gods live as delusional gap-fillers in human and individual knowledge, so it is perhaps no surprise that “know-nothings” pad out a meeting agenda with woo-promotion, rather than tackling the real issues they have been elected to develop or resolve!

    Students who learn nothing as a consequence of having creationist teachers, can also become a new generation of Republican creationists, with heads confidently padded out with magic gap-fillers to compensate for their lack of any real knowledge!



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    Pinball1970 says:

    The US has had over over thirty mass shootings since Columbine, numbers with health insurance are declining and a fifth of the adult population has reading age of a ten year old apparently.

    The republicans have their priorities straight as usual.



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  • 11
    Cairsley says:

    I still have enough trust in the members of Pennsylvania’s lower house to defeat this Bill in defence of their own laws and constitution and regardless of the religious beliefs any of them may hold. In neither a nonexistent supreme being nor a supreme being merely believed by some to exist can one trust … for fairly obvious reasons.



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  • The old gods were much better, you didn’t have to trust in them, believe the obvious falsity that they loved you, sit on a cloud playing a harp with them, or listen to boring sermons delivered by halfwits on their behalf. All you had to do was regularly put bits of roast meat on their altars (which you could sell later), and hope that it placated them enough so that they would not vent their capricious anger on you or your kin.

    Even JC’s Dad went in for some of that sort of thing, but since the son visited us, the family firm’s PR Dept has softened his image, although he still cuts loose sometimes, with volcanoes, tsunamis, plagues, hurricanes etc, but I imagine that since the family are now trying to present a softer, gentler face of theism, he might be kept in some sort of restraint by the granddad and the son, not to mention the mammy, who, whilst she is not exactly a family member, is recognised as the Queen, and is reputed to have some influence in the inner circles of the family business.



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  • Stafford Gordon #3
    Apr 18, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Whose God?

    A picture is worth a thousand words, so if these clowns actually succeed in putting such signs in schools, it would seem appropriate (in the name of balance?) to provide dissenting students with small stickers to attach to such signs with pictures of Greek, Roman Aztec, Inca, Mayan, and Hindu gods etc. to provoke thought about discriminatory messages in public buildings!

    The odd Asherah or Flying-Spaghetti Monster sticker could also be included!



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  • What part of the First Amendment does this nutcase not understand. It guarantees complete freedom of belief, including atheism, and it explicitly FORBIDS the Government from trying to control people’s religious behavior and beliefs. I have no problem with allowing people freedom to (privately) practice their religious beliefs anywhere, but this guy needs to be told firmly….”keep your hands off the First Amendment”



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