Public schools in Alabama may soon be displaying “In God We Trust” despite critics denouncing the move as a “push for theocracy.”
Students returning to state-wide public schools could soon be seeing the national motto thanks to state lawmakers who approved legislation allowing the displays on public property back in February, AL.com reported.
Of course, legal challenges are expected as public school officials attempt to put God back into their schools, with the Blount County school board potentially becoming the first system to act on “In God We Trust” which became the national motto in 1956.
Superintendent Rodney Green, who supervises a school system with more than 7,800 students over 17 schools north of Jefferson County, believes a policy could be drafted within the next month.
“You would think that something that passes the Legislature won’t be challenged in the courtroom but we all know that it can and probably will,” Green said.
“Political correctness has gone too far if our schools are afraid to display our national motto,” Republican State Rep. David Standridge, who sponsored the original legislation, tweeted.
This article talks about the “In God We Trust” Act that I had the honor to sponsor. Political correctness has gone too far if our schools are afraid to display our national motto. https://t.co/u2N54iaJUX
— Rep David Standridge (@JudgeStandridge) August 10, 2018
Blount County is seen as a testing ground as voters gear up to decide in November if public schools should be allowed to display the Ten Commandments.
“My hope is they have the Ten Commandments in the schools all over the state of Alabama as well as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the historical documents that go with this country,” chairman of the Ten Commandments political action committee, Dean Young, said. “That way, children will be able to see and ask, ‘What are these documents’ and a teacher can say, ‘Those are the Ten Commandments and they come from God and this is what they say.’”
Meanwhile, critics are blaming national politics for fueling the “tsunami” of Christian-based laws.
“It’s a tsunami of Christian national laws in our country right now,” Annie Laurie Gaylord, co-president of the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation, said.
“The upcoming election will say a lot about the direction of our nation,” she added. “With the Republicans in charge of Congress and so many of these states, we are seeing a constant push for theocracy.”