“In God We Trust” Signs Will Be Posted in Arkansas Classrooms Due to New Law

By Hemant Mehta

When public schools open up in Arkansas this year, they will all have to display the phrase “In God We Trust” in every library and classroom, provided that the signs are donated or contributions are made specifically for that purpose. The same rule will apply to all buildings funded by taxpayer dollars.

This unnecessary commercial for religion was passed earlier this year with House Bill 1980, which claimed to be about promoting the national motto (Patriotism!) even though this sort of thing is never about patriotism. The kids already say the Pledge of Allegiance. Is that not enough? Staring at a sign doesn’t make you more of an American.

If patriotism was the overriding concern, then schools would have signs saying “e pluribus unum” or something that actually unites us all. Instead, they’re alienating more than a third of young people who don’t belong to any traditional religion.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. @OP – When public schools open up in Arkansas this year,
    they will all have to display the phrase “In God We Trust”
    in every library and classroom
    , provided that the signs
    are donated or contributions are made specifically for that purpose.

    In the interests of the US constitution, could I suggest that secular organisations provide a range of images to place alongside these signs!

    https://www.shutterstock.com/search/statues+of+gods

    It seems only fair to present a range of gods in which various people trust!

    Perhaps comments from others could suggest an appropriate selection from the link, or we could have a question of the week to choose which ones!

  2. @OP – “In God We Trust” Signs Will Be Posted in Arkansas Classrooms

    If children are to be asked about trusting gods, then obviously, they should think about which one(s) – if any – provide evidence relevant to real life!

    Several inches of rainfall are expected in Tennessee and Kentucky over the next two days, and flood warnings remain in effect in parts of Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, and Louisiana.

    Or if scientific planning, engineering and secular state help is more useful?

  3. These plaques may be ignored in the primary level grades but towards the end of middle school and definitely at the high school level they will draw the ire of plenty of students who were not brought up in formal religion. Just leave it to the token atheist in any high school classroom to walk over to the Goddy plaque and slam a Flying Spaghetti Monster sticker right on top of it! He/She will get a laugh and then it will increase exponentially from there.

    The teens will sort this out. We all know how teens rarely hold back their opinions on this type of thing.

    I would like to donate large numbers of Flying Spaghetti Monster T-shirts for kids to wear in school there.

  4. Laurie,

    Yep I haven’t got my slogan right. It needs an internal rhyme or some such.

    What I most want is that those who put there trust in God are neglecting their moral duties. Moral cripple is it in many ways.

    The religious most need hitting where they think they are strongest, in their belief they are good. Nope… we’ve upped our game in some parts of the world. For me its an idea that needs asserting again and again and again, until one day they might briefly think “What if…?”

  5. Yes, it’s effective. The word “cripple” is rejected by the disabled but the imagery is irresistible.

    What struck me years ago was listening to Grayling and reading his books that take on a simple subject or problem and in only a few pages delivering a concise and powerful explanation. I thought, this guy takes the high road in three pages where the Bible muddles on for a thousand and drags us all into the ditch by the end. The difference is vast. Set these two sources side by side for all to see and let people stand up for ethics or sit there squirming.

    I shouldn’t make fun of asexual people. There’s nothing wrong with it.

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