A new South Dakota law that mandates the display of the national motto “In God We Trust” in public schools is now in effect.
According to the law, state public schools must display the motto in a manner that is approved by school principals and is at least 12 inches by 12 inches in size.
Wade Pogany, executive director of the Associated School Boards of South Dakota, told The Associated Press last week that schools have enacted the new law in various ways.
“Some have plaques. Other have it painted on the wall, maybe in a mural setting,” said Pogany. “[In one school] it was within their freedom wall. They added that to a patriotic theme.”
“In God We Trust” became the official motto of the United States on July 30, 1956, when President Dwight Eisenhower signed a law that also imprinted the motto on national currency.
In recent years, secularist organizations have attempted to have the motto removed from U.S. currency and elsewhere, arguing that “In God We Trust” violates church and state separation.
The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation denounced South Dakota for enacting the new law, having actively campaigned against it when it was in the legislature.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski