By Hemant Mehta
As I pointed out earlier in the week, 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.” It’s a bill that’s likely to pass given the makeup of the legislature.
But atheists are at least trying to point out the problems to anyone who will listen.
For example, the groups Oklahoma Atheists and the Atheist Community of Tulsa, whose members lobbied at the State Capitol on Wednesday, say that this is a huge waste of money. Rather than pay for the signs with private donations, as some states have done, taxpayers will be funding everything. Technically, it’s the “Office of Management and Enterprise Services.” According to the state’s own OMES analysts, that will boil down to “$250 per building” — or “$85,500” altogether. And that’s just for starters.
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