Some Arkansas Schools Are Putting up ‘In God We Trust’ Signs

Some Arkansas Schools Are Putting up ‘In God We Trust’ Signs
A clock and the motto 'In God We Trust' over the Speaker's rostrum in the U.S. House of Representatives chamber are seen in Washington, DC on Dec. 8, 2008. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
Zachary Stieber

Some schools in Arkansas are putting up “In God We Trust” signs.

Schools across the state are allowed to display framed signs with the words inside classrooms, reported KNWA.

However, the condition is that the signs must be donated as opposed to being paid for with public funds.

The 222 posters placed into Pea Ridge Schools were donated and hung up in schools across the district.

The posters came from the American History and Heritage Foundation.

Mark Laster of the Pea Ridge Schools said the district is following the new law.

“Anytime there is a new law, you are going to have opinions and they have a right to their opinion,” Laster said. “But it doesn’t change what we do as a public school and what we do here is follow the law.”

Almost 900 signs in total were provided to Bentonville Schools.

“In God We Trust” is the official motto of the United States.

However, some people aren’t happy.

“We are now sliding down a hill,” Bentonville resident Casey Goodman told KNWA. “There are other religions inside schools besides Christianity. Have these outside people looked at a classroom nowadays? It is not just a bunch of white kids.”

Others, though, approved the law (pdf), which was originally passed in 2017.
“It should be there,” Sharon Sumpter from Mulberry told Arkansas Matters. “We need to turn more back to our religion, our roots and why our country was founded.”

The posters or framed copy must include an accurate representation of the United States flag as well as the Arkansas state flag.

Legislation that would have required all schools in Florida to put up “In God We Trust,” the official state motto, was moving forward for a while but was indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration on March 10.

Rep. Kimberly Daniels, a Democrat from Jacksonville, had said prior to a vote of advancement in February that the state needed to address “issues of the heart.”

“I believe it was God, and I heard a voice say, ‘Do not politicize what has happened in Florida and do not make this a thing of division,'” she said, reported NPR. Referring to God, she added: “He’s not a Republican and he’s not a Democrat. He’s not black and he’s not white. He is the light. And our schools need light in them like never before.”
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