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Pennsylvania bill would require schools to display 'In God We Trust' motto

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania public school districts would be required to post “In God We Trust” in every school building under legislation that advanced out of a committee in the state House of Representatives this week.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny, passed the House Education Committee on Wednesday by a 14-to-9 vote, with only one Democrat and one Republican crossing party lines.

The National Motto Display Act, as it is titled, credits James Pollock, a 19th century Pennsylvania governor, for putting the term on coins while serving as director of the U.S. Mint. The measure would require schools to post it by using a mounted plaque, student artwork or some other form.

Saccone said the motto would fit well with the state’s local history curriculum and appears to be widely supported by his constituents.

“It’s 500-to-1 back home, people are for it,” he said Thursday, adding that he believed it also would pass the Legislature overwhelmingly.

“I’m sure the media’s going to try to beat it down,” he said. “That’s par for the course.”

Saccone is a Baptist who also sponsored a “day of prayer” resolution in the House earlier this year to make April 30 “National Fast Day.” It was patterned after a similar designation by President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago.

During the committee hearing, he said, opponents raised questions about whether the measure would withstand a court challenge and concerns that it might trivialize the motto.

“This isn’t about evangelizing,” Saccone said. “This is about celebrating our national motto.”

“In God We Trust” became the national motto under a 1956 law signed by President Dwight Eisenhower.

Janice Rael, vice president of the Delaware Valley chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said the proposal promotes religion over the absence of religion. She opposes the proposal.

“The last time I checked, God was religious,” Rael said. “The government should be neutral, and with this legislation the government is not neutral, the government is taking a position.”

by Anonymousreply 610/29/2013

Its amazing how much validation Christians need. They must know deep down their religion is a crock of shit. Why else would they feel the need to constantly keep promoting in places it doesn't belong?

by Anonymousreply 110/28/2013

Ladies, I live in PA and I'm not in favor of it.

by Anonymousreply 210/28/2013

[quote]Its amazing how much validation Christians need

Ain't that the truth. There is some enormous smug self-satisfaction taken by these types in shoving this shit down the throats of others by putting the meaningless statement "In God We Trust" anywhere they can stick it, like a license plate or school room wall. Elected officials waste so much time on this nonsense in our more backward states.

by Anonymousreply 310/28/2013

Isn't this a direct contradiction to the Tea Partiers/Libertarians who want less government involvement/mandates and reduced spending? If it's so crucial then it should be done solely by volunteers.

by Anonymousreply 410/28/2013

[quote]Isn't this a direct contradiction to the Tea Partiers/Libertarians who want less government involvement/mandates

Of course it is. But what would the Tea Party and Libertarians have if it wasn't for contradictions?

by Anonymousreply 510/28/2013

ANOTHER sad attempt from ANOTHER idiot from my home state. This potential law won't pass a court, but this brainless wonder will rack up all sort of brownie points with the other mouth breathers. Color me angry, but not at all surprised.

by Anonymousreply 610/29/2013
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