Amid the cacophony of leftists decrying “In God We Trust” as an unconstitutional religious promotion, plenty of patriotic Americans continue to make the case for our national motto.
Leading the charge is Pennsylvania State Rep. Rick Saccone, a Republican whose recent proposal to include the phrase on public school buildings in the state has been met with both praise and criticism.
Dubbed The National Motto Display Act, Saccone’s bill would mandate each government-operated educational facility in Pennsylvania would be required to add the invocative phrase in some highly visible way within 60 days after it is passed.
While those who feel God has been driven out of the school system with far too much vigor likely view the proposal as a positive step, Saccone indicates his bill has far less to do with religion than education.
The phrase was first included on a coin nearly 150 years ago by a former Pennsylvania governor who subsequently took over the U.S. Mint. As a way of commemorating that momentous event, Saccone wants to call attention to the four-word proclamation that eventually became the national motto.
He said he wants youth to learn about “an important but overlooked part of Pennsylvania’s heritage” and learn about “patriotism through the display of the national motto” should his plan be implemented.
Schools host an infinite variety of other special interest events, he added, wondering why “In God We Trust” is somehow unacceptable.
“It’s displaying our national motto,” he stated, adding schools “can have Harry Potter on the walls, zombies and witches on brooms but not the national motto?”
While Saccone said those in his district are overwhelmingly supportive of the bill, the usual leftist suspects are already clamoring to be the first to disparage the proposal.
“I know we would oppose it,” said American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania representative Vic Walczak. “The only question is if we would sue upon its passage or wait until a school district enacts it.”
The congressman, however, expects such backlash, calling it “par for the course.”
While conservatives reluctantly accept the fact any mention of a higher power will be met with significant leftist outrage, it is especially discouraging that just a couple of generations ago, the phrase “In God We Trust” was considered an integral reflection of the American experience. Today, however, it is seen merely as the basis for a frivolous lawsuit.
–B. Christopher Agee
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