"In God We Trust Plaque" by US Capitol / Public Domain

South Dakota Will Now Force All Public Schools to Put Up “In God We Trust” Signs

Mar 20, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

South Dakota will require all public schools to display “In God We Trust” signs in a prominent place beginning next school year, after Republican Governor Kristi Noem signed Senate Bill 55 yesterday.

Whether to require the display was a sticking point between the Senate and the House during the legislative session. The Senate Education Committee changed the bill’s language to allow public schools to display it, but not require it, and the House State Affairs Committee changed it back to a requirement. The House then added a section stating that if displaying the phrase results in a lawsuit, the state attorney general will provide legal representation at no cost to the school district or school board and the state will assume financial responsibility for any legal expenses related to the lawsuit.

This kind of Christian Nationalism is hardly surprising in a state where groups can give legislators personalized bibles with the State Seal on them, and where the governor can host a Christian worship party on her first day in office.

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