‘In God We Trust’ Signs Going Up in More Texas Schools

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Thanks to a statute that just went into effect requiring its exhibition in a conspicuous area in public schools and institutes of higher education in the Lone Star state, the motto "In God We Trust" is being exhibited in an increasing number of Texas schools.

Republican state senator from Texas Bryan Hughes co-authored Senate Bill 797, which was passed last year and mandates that schools display the slogan provided that the signs displaying it were funded by private donations and were free of charge to taxpayers.

Following an appearance for a Northwest Austin Republican Women's Club event earlier in the week, Hughes said in a message on Twitter on August 17 that "the national motto, In God We Reliance, emphasizes our common trust in a sovereign God."

A picture of one of the signs was posted by Hughes, who expressed his encouragement at the generosity of those who "came forward to contribute these framed prints to remind future generations of the national motto."

The national motto must be displayed in a "conspicuous area" in Texas public schools and higher education institutions, according to the law, and more signs with the phrase have been donated to school districts around the state.

The Carroll Independent School District (ISD) received many "In God We Trust" signs from Patriot Mobile, a Texas-based mobile provider, who said in a statement on social media that they're "glad to be a part of having our nation's motto hung in our public schools."

The business said, "Our aim is to fervently preserve our God-given, Constitutional rights and freedoms, and to always exalt God." In a later statement, the business said that it had given framed "In God We Trust" posters to "many other school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area" and that it would keep doing so until all of the schools in the region had them.

The business said, "We are pleased to be a part of bringing God back into our public schools!

In a tweet, Carroll ISD posted a picture of the donated signs. According to the Houston Chronicle, similar signs have appeared in the Austin and Houston regions.

The statute requiring the exhibition of the "In God We Trust" signage, however, is not welcomed by everyone.

The Southlake Anti-Racism Coalition's Anya Kushwaha told NBCDFW in an interview that the law is problematic because it muddles the distinction between church and state. "I feel like they have no choice but to put them up right now, but hopefully this will spark larger discussions about having more freedom of expression," Kushwaha told the outlet. "If they are allowed to put up signs like this, there should be no reasons that other students or people can't put up signs that have different messaging."

The Yellow Rose of Texas Republican Women recently posted on social media that they had donated a number of the signs to Houston area school districts. Despite some opposition, the placards are increasingly being seen in Texas schools.

In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill making "In God We Trust" the nation's official motto. This gave the phrase legal status.

 

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1 Comment

  1. Edwitness on August 21, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    It’s a nice sentiment. But, like the person in the article said, there will be others who want less charitable sayings put on those walls. Hopefully Texas will stand it’s ground and limit it to the nation’s national motto and nothing else.

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