Something peculiar about these bills

There have been a lot of new bills designed to place In God We Trust in schools and we have noticed something rather peculiar in most of them.

 For any lawsuit brought or any complaint filed against a school district, an employee of a school district, the board of a school district, or a member thereof as a result of a school district displaying the national motto of the United States in accordance with section 1 of this Act, the attorney general shall provide legal representation at no cost to the school district, employee, school board, or member of the school board.
    In addition to the expenses of representation, the state shall assume financial responsibility for any other related expense incurred by the school district, an employee, the board, or member thereof, including any award for monetary damages, attorney’s fees, and costs for which the school district, an employee, the board, or a member thereof would be otherwise responsible.
This from the bill that just passed the South Dakota house.
I don’t know about you but something strikes me as odd about these sections that seem to say they know that will be sued for these actions.  It almost as if they know that these laws are really unconstitutional.
Many school boards are wary of taking any action that could result in a lawsuit.  So they place this language in the bills to allay their fear of the costs.
Why would they worry about the costs if they are so sure what they are doing is right? Are they afraid they might lose in court and have to pay for court costs?
Placing this sort of language in these bills shows me that they know that they are in the wrong with these bills.

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.