By Hemant Mehta
Republican lawmakers in Oklahoma are trying to pass a bill, HB 3817, that would require all state-run buildings (including public schools) to display the words “In God We Trust.” While the bill specifies that this isn’t meant to “[favor] any particular religion or denomination thereof over others,” of course that’s the point. It’s a generic promotion of Christianity.
The bill has already passed through a committee on a 5-2 vote and it’ll likely sail through the legislature without much difficulty.
In fact, the resistance is so futile that one lawmaker is just openly admitting this has nothing to do with church/state separation, that such a concept is impossible, and that we shouldn’t even bother with it.
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