A Pluribus of Bills

It is that time of year again.  Time for state legislators to start filing their bills for consideration on this year’s agenda and In God We Trust is getting a fair amount of attention this year.

As of this writing there are seven bills that are already on the docket or have been submitted for consideration that are about displaying In God We Trust on government property.
This doesn’t even include the dozen or so bills for special license plated in several states.

So let’s go through these bill.

Oklahoma Senate Bill 1016

This bill states that local schools shall place a poster or framed image including “In God We Trust” in all Public schools and state owned or operated building, provided the funds are through voluntary contributions
Oklahoma Senate Bill 1378

This is nearly the exact same bill as OKSB 1016 except it officially calls it “Oklahoma State Capitol National Motto Display Act”

Alabama House Bill 145

This bill would authorize the display of the  national motto “In God We Trust” in or on any public building or public school in the state.


Alabama House Bill 228

This bill would permit the use of the national motto of “In God We Trust” by government agencies and offices, in and on public buildings, including government office buildings, public  school classrooms, and on vehicles.
Mississippi Bill 1100

Principals and teachers in each public elementary and secondary school of each school district in this state shall display on an appropriately framed background with minimum dimensions of eleven inches by fourteen  inches, the Ten Commandments in each classroom and the following motto of the United States of America in each classroom, school auditorium and school cafeteria under his or her supervision:  “IN GOD WE TRUST.”
The school board of each school district shall require the teachers in that school district to have the Ten Commandments recited aloud at the beginning of the first hour of class each day that school is in session.

South Carolina Bill 4385

The State Board of Education shall develop a standard durable poster on which appears the national motto of the United States of America, ‘In God We Trust’ and motto of this State, ‘Dum Spiro Spero’ with its English translation, ‘While I breathe, I hope’.    A copy of the poster must be displayed in all public elementary school, middle school, and high school classrooms in this State


Florida Senate Bill 839

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,” designated in a conspicuous place.

As you can see all of these are aimed at placing “In God We Trust” in public schools.  Many of them use the exact same wording as the bill that passed the Arkansas legislature last year.

This is just unacceptable

Now more than ever we need your help to get our posters up instead of those that will be donated by religious organizations. To this end, the Original Motto Project is developing a poster that will meet the requirements of Act 911 that features E Pluribus Unum alongside “In God We Trust.” We will include a short history of both mottoes, creating a patriotic display helps preserve our complex history.

If any of these bills pass we will be expanding out project to provide posters to all the states involved.
You can help us out by going to our fundraising page.

Robert Ray

Robert is the founder of The Original Motto Project. He is a avid secular activist that likes to dabble into small electronics in his spare time. He and his wife Amy co-host the Secular Yakking podcast. He lives in the Puget sound with his wife and 3 daughters.

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  1. Richard Robertson - January 23, 2018 Reply

    I’d agree that that’s the way to do it except for the one with the Decalog. That one will definitely not withstand legal challenge.

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