Oppose the Louisiana In God We Trust in Classrooms act

Opposing SB224 The Classroom Act


Not later than the 2019-2020 school year, the program of instruction on patriotic customs required by this Section shall include instruction on the national motto, “In God We Trust”, and each public school governing authority shall display the national motto in each building it uses and in each school under its jurisdiction.    SB224

The Louisiana Senate is considering the In God We Trust in Classrooms Act and they need to hear your voice of opposition to this attempt at childhood indoctrination in public schools.

 

Honorable Senator,
Senate Bill 224 was recently accepted by the Louisiana Senate. This bill, sponsored by Senator Regina Barrow, requires schools to display the national motto “In God We Trust” in every school building. SB224 also requires that instruction is given on the motto. Introducing this bill opens your state to lawsuits for violating the as dictated by the First Amendment.

Senator Barrow explicitly stated the intention behind SB 224 was to ensure that children receive a proper introduction to God, stating “we cannot assume that it’s necessarily always happening at home.” Senator Barrow has made it very clear that her reason for proposing this bill was to “acknowledge Him [God]” because she believes that “we have seen the moral decay or decline in our schools and in our community.” Introductions to God, religion, or theology, in general, are necessarily private matters in which the state has no vested interest. Senator Barrow’s statements and the supportive statements of her peers reveal a shocking and disconcerting desire for the state to interfere in the private religious lives of its citizens.

We caution against any actions that could lead to the adoption of SB224 into law. The stated intention behind SB224 brings with it the possibility of lengthy and costly lawsuits being brought against the state, municipalities, or school districts. Furthermore, SB224, as described by Senator Barrow, violates a core principle of the United States: the separation of church and state.

Say NO to In God We Trust in Classrooms Act

  

Honorable Senators,

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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.