Back in April, the legislature of Arkansas enacted Act 911, which mandates that, if funds are made available through donations, the motto “In God We Trust” be displayed in public schools. In response, American Atheists wrote a letter to all 262 school district superintendents in Arkansas threatening litigation if they complied with the law.
In their 1998 study on how middle school students (grades 5-8) conceptualize history, Keith Barton and Linda Levstik noted that “[w]hile students in this study did not use the past to justify current inequalities, they did use the extension of rights and opportunities as a way of demonstrating that such inequalities are bound to […]
If you are reading this, odds are that you find the current national motto “In God We Trust” irksome at best. Here at The Original Motto Project, our focus tends to be on government agencies using the phrase, whether it be on civic buildings or on emergency vehicles. While we encourage local dissent to […]
On June 29th, We the People converged on the capitol of Washington state. The purpose? To tell lawmakers that secular citizens exist and they vote. But it was so much more than a political rally. The rally had been planned originally as a counter protest to the “Decision America” event being put on by Rev. Franklin […]
Recently, in both West Virginia and Maine, the state legislatures passed resolutions affirming “In God We Trust” as the national motto of the United States and encouraging its display in public, on government buildings, and schools. I recently discussed this issue with a secular group in Maine, who asked what they could do about this […]