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

These Students Found a Perfect Loophole for South Dakota’s “In God We Trust” Law

May 14, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem recently signed into law Senate Bill 55, a bill that requiresall public schools to display “In God We Trust” signs in a prominent place beginning next school year.

But the bill itself is fairly vague beyond those rules… and last night, during a meeting of the Rapid City School Board, members of the Working to Initiate Social Equality Club (WISE) at Stevens High School presented the board with a version of the sign they wanted to see in their school.

Instead of just saying “In God We Trust,” it includes a lot of other words, too

That sign offers a circle of options to stand in for the second word in the motto, including “God,” “Yahweh,” “Ourselves,” “Science,” “Allah,” “Brahman,” “Buddha,” and “The Spirits.”

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