New law requiring prominent ‘In God We Trust’ motto in Fla schools triggers Palm Beach Co teachers, so …

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law this year a requirement that every school must prominently display the motto “In God we trust,” and with the new school year underway, some teachers in Democrat-controlled Palm Beach County took offense to a sign being displayed in front offices to comply with the law.

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“Each district school board shall adopt rules to require, in all of the schools of the district and in each building used by the district school board, the display of the state motto, ‘In God We Trust,'” the law reads, in part.

The signs were designed by the school district, and when faced with the opposition, officials decided to display the state seal instead, as an alternative way to comply with the brand new law, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Turns out, according to the Florida Department of State, “In God We Trust” has been the state’s motto since 2006 and has been on the state seal since 1868. The motto has also been on the state flag since 1900, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

“In God We Trust” is also the official motto of the United States, and is prominently displayed on US currency.

“Who can be offended by the state seal?” asked board member Karen Brill, who came up with the idea. “It’s one of those stories where employees see something that rubs them the wrong way.”

Brill said she heard from several teachers “who were very offended,” saying they felt it violated church-state separation — she added that these teachers were not aware of the new law.

Somewhat surprisingly, the new law passed by the GOP-controlled legislature was sponsored by Democrat state Rep. Kimberly Daniels, who runs a Christian ministry.

She was spurred by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School back in February.

“God is positive. Our children need all that they can get to escape what’s going on in this generation, and in the world, and in our schools today,” Daniels said, according to WKMG. “To see something that is motivating, and something that is encouraging and positive.”

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