In God We Trust- Florida Schools
School started up again, and a new generation of school age children will see something they have probably not seen before: “In God We Trust” signs displayed conspicuously.
Governor Rick Scott, a Republican, is obviously appealing to the Christian base by requiring public schools to display the words “In God We Trust,” forgetting about that “separation of church and state thing” that is prohibited by the First Amendment.
The statute was sponsored by Representative Kimberly Daniels, a Democrat from Jacksonville who runs a Christian ministry.
Of course, what better time to introduce this legislation than after the Parkland School Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that Representative Daniels mentioned.
I wasn’t even aware that “In God We Trust” is the state motto. I guess those four words will prevent another tragedy while at the same time pushing a religious agenda on government property. But, if that’s the state motto as of 2006, then explain… Never mind.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation is a non-profit organized whose goal is to separate religion from government. Their response was as follows:
“These godly postings exclude and alienate the one-in-five students in our public schools who do not believe in god. These laws are not about patriotism, they’re about turning believers into insiders, and nonbelievers into outsiders. There’s nothing patriotic in undermining our nation’s secular Constitution.”
To be clear on my opinion on this issue both legally and logically, God doesn’t belong in public schools. That’s what God created religious universities and institutions for.
My question is which God? Is Allah acceptable, or are we focusing on the Christian/Catholic God? Does Satan and the Devil count? With so many religions and so many Gods, they all can’t be right, or is my God better than yours?
To believe “In God We Trust” signs somehow protects someone from anything, is ludicrous. If you don’t believe me, note there have been mass shootings inside churches before.
There’s a reason why the framers of the Constitution knew in advance to exclude religion from the state. Trust me, there will be another mass school shooting in Florida and what’s the explanation then?
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