Alabama Putting God Back in Schools with Ten Commandments, ‘In God We Trust’ Displays
Alabama public schools are hoping to bring God back into their schools by displaying the US motto
“In God We Trust” on school buildings.
In February, the Alabama legislature approved a new law allowing such displays on public property,
and now is giving schools the right to exhibit the motto as well.
The national motto, approved by Congress in 1956, is already displayed in 17 public venues in
Alabama, and the Blount County school board plans to be the first to implement the motto in its
spring requiring the motto to be on display inside all public schools.
Republican state Rep. David Standridge, who sponsored the original legislation that took effect July 1,
seemed like a better approach to make it permissive rather than a mandate.
Superintendent Rodney Green said the board is working on a policy on the issue that could be drafted
within the next month.
“We’re a diverse society and state and I just thought the local entities needed input,” Standridge said.
“They are kind of wanting to be the model, if you will, for any system that wants to go down this path.”
Alabama voters will also decide in November whether the state’s 117-year-old
constitution should be changed to allow public schools to display the Ten Commandments.
“My hope is they have the Ten Commandments in the schools all over the state of Alabama as well as
the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the historical documents that go with this
country,” said Dean Young
, chairman of the Ten Commandments Political Action Committee. “That
way, children will be able to see and ask, ‘What are these documents’ and a teacher can say, ‘Those are
the Ten Commandments and they come from God and this is what they say.'”
Other states have failed in their efforts to display the Ten Commandments. A Pennsylvania high school
had to remove a 6-foot Ten Commandments monument last year after the Freedom From Religion
Foundation filed a federal lawsuit.
Young said several Christian legal groups are prepared for a legal battle with any schools that are sued
over the issue.
Arkansas, Minnesota, Florida and Tennessee are other states that have similar laws regarding “In God
We Trust” displays.