Seth Udinski, FISM News
In what many see as a victory for religious liberty, the state of Texas is bringing the national motto, “In God We Trust,” back to state public schools.
Texas Senate Bill 797 codified a requirement that schools display any signage with the famous American motto that was funded by donations in a “conspicuous place” on school grounds.
This development has gained national notoriety in the last several days, as Patriot Mobile, the popular conservative alternative to major phone corporations, donated multiple “In God We Trust” signs to the Carroll Independent School District, according to a report from Fox News.
The Texas-based mobile server said on social media,
Patriot Mobile has donated framed posters to many other school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and we will continue to do so until all the schools in the area receive them. We are honored to be part of bringing God back into our public schools!
Senator Bryan Hughes wrote on Twitter about the history of the Bill and the message of the motto it protects, “which asserts our collective trust in a sovereign God.”
The national motto, In God We Trust, asserts our collective trust in a sovereign God.
I co-authored the bill in 2003 that allowed schools to display the motto, and last year I authored the “In God We Trust Act,” which requires a school to display the motto if there… pic.twitter.com/YWyopJZ11f
— Senator Bryan Hughes (@SenBryanHughes) August 16, 2022
Not surprisingly, the move has been met with a considerable about of backlash, especially from those who would mistakenly argue that the First Amendment codifies a separation of church and state that is meant to keep Christianity out of government influence.
The Southlake Anti-Racism Coalition responded as such, saying,
SARC is disturbed by the precedent displaying these posters in every school will set and the chilling effect this blatant intrusion of religion in what should be a secular public institution will have on the student body, especially those who do not practice the dominant Christian faith.