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‘In God We Trust’ Signs May Make Their Way Into Alabama Schools – Not Everyone is Happy About It

In God we trust, but not in public schools.

Alabama state legislators passed a law in February allowing schools to display the national motto, “In God We Trust.” While some states are requiring all schools to display the anthem, Alabama has no requirements.

The driving force behind these laws is called “Project Blitz,” started by the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, which offered information and analytics to legislators who are forming religious liberty bills.

However, there are many critics speaking out against this bill, bringing up their worries that this is a violation of separation of church and state.

Annie Laurie Gaylord, the co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, claims that there are a high number of laws supporting Christians.

“It’s a tsunami of Christian national laws in our country right now,” said Gaylord in an interview with AL. “The upcoming election will say a lot about the direction of our nation. With the Republicans in charge of Congress and so many of these states, we are seeing a constant push for theocracy.”

Others claim that hanging religious signs insinuates that the school is forcing the students to follow Christianity.

“What it conveys for the school, of course, is that it supports that message and that schools want kids to adhere to that particular religion, and it’s not right,” said legislative director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Maggie Garrett.

The Alabama legislator who sponsored the law, David Standridge, tweeted that the national motto should be proudly displayed.

Alabama’s Blount County may be the first to take action against the law, according to Superintendent Rodney Green. If any legal action is taken, it may be an example of how similar situations will play out in the future.

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