It might as well simply say “Fuck You” to Hindu, Buddhist, and Atheist students.
Courtesy of WaPo:
South Dakota’s Republican lawmakers said it was about history — the motto appears on money, on license plates and in the fourth stanza of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” It’s also likely to be discussed in the classroom, where historical inquiry is a key part of the state’s social studies curriculum.
But legislators said they wanted to make it more clear; they wanted to “reaffirm” it. So this fall, when students return to school, a new and compulsory message will greet them: “In God We Trust.” It’ll be the first new academic year since South Dakota’s GOP leadership passed a law requiring every public school to display the American maxim “in a prominent location” and in a font no smaller than 12 by 12 inches.
South Dakota joins a growing list of states that force their schools to display the motto. At least half a dozen passed “In God We Trust” bills last year, and 10 more have introduced or passed the legislation so far in 2019. Similar signage is going up in Kentucky schools this summer, and Missouri could be next.
Opponents of these laws contend that the statute is about far more than history. They have argued that its invocation of “God” is an endorsement of religion and a violation of the First Amendment.
“Our position is that it’s a terrible violation of freedom of conscience to inflict a godly message on a captive audience of schoolchildren,” Freedom From Religion Foundation co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor told the Associated Press.
Clearly, South Dakota would like to return to the early 1800’s when lessons were taught using the Bible as a textbook and every child allowed in the classroom was a white Christian.
But those days are over and we now live in a more diverse world featuring a potpourri of differing cultures, ethnicities, and religious beliefs.
Slapping this message on the halls of a public school disenfranchises those who do not share an Abrahamic faith.
That is essentially using government funds to proselytize a specific kind of religous belief to naive young school children without the critical thinking skills necessary to see through the bullshit.
I gurantee this will be challenged in the courts and likely will no longer be a problem by the beginning of the next school year.