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USA: Kentucky Lawmakers Vote To Put ‘In God We Trust’ In Schools

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Friday 22 March 2019, by siawi3

Source: https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2019/02/28/kentucky-lawmakers-votes-god-we-trust-schools/

Kentucky Lawmakers Vote To Put ‘In God We Trust’ In Schools

February 28, 2019 at 10:38 am

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (CBS Local) — A bill that would require public schools in Kentucky to display “In God We Trust†has passed the state House of Representatives.

Lawmakers approved House Bill 46 on Wednesday by a vote of 72-25, the Associated Press reported.

The bill would require public elementary and secondary schools to display the national motto in a prominent location beginning with the 2019-20 school year. It defines “prominent location†as a school entry way, cafeteria, or common area where students are likely to see it.

There are no penalties if schools don’t comply, the AP reports, but someone could sue to force them to do it.
“There is no reason for us to be ashamed of our national motto; it is a vital part of our culture,†said the bill’s lead sponsor, Republican Representative Brandon Reed, a Christian minister from Hodgenville.

Rev. Jason Crosby, a Baptist minister from Louisville who said he was on the board of the ACLU, opposed the bill, saying it “sends a thinly veiled message that only students who believe in God are welcome at their school,†the Lexington Herald Reader reported.

The phrase “In God We Trust†became the national motto in 1956 during the height of the Cold War as a way to differentiate the U.S. from the officially atheist regime in the Soviet Union.

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Source: https://ffrf.org/news/action/item/34315-urgent-please-resist-in-god-we-trust-in-schools-bill

Action Alert
URGENT: Please resist In God We Trust in schools bill!

March 11, 2019

The Kentucky Legislature is fast-tracking a bill that would require public schools in the state to display “In God We Trust†in a “prominent location.†We need your help to ensure that young, impressionable students aren’t subject to religious proselytization.

HB 46 is part of the nationwide legislative push, Project Blitz. Project Blitz seeks to inject state legislatures with a whole host of religious bills, imposing the theocratic version of a powerful few on We The People. It is an unvarnished attack on American secularism and civil liberties — those things we cherish most about our democracy, and now must tirelessly defend.

While politicians claim that these laws are intended to showcase the national motto or inspire patriotism, it is clear that their true purpose is to peddle religiosity to a captive audience. These laws are about advancing the Big Lie that the United States was “Founded on God†or Christianity, dismantling the wall of separation between religion and government. The motto In God We Trust is inaccurate, exclusionary and aimed at brainwashing American schoolchildren into believing that our nation is a theocracy.

This bill has, alarmingly, already passed the House, and the Kentucky state Senate will hold a hearing on the bill Monday, March 11, at noon in Annex Room 154 and HB 46 is the first bill on the agenda. If you can’t make the meeting, please use our automated system to contact the members of the committee and ask that they stop this bill in its tracks.