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Proposal to post 'In God We Trust' in all PA schools

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 24, 2013 4:06 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania public school districts would be required to post ``In God We Trust'' in every school building under legislation that recently advanced in the state House.

The bill sponsored by Allegheny County Representative Rick Saccone passed the House Education Committee today  by a 14-to-9 vote.

The National Motto Display Act, as it is titled, credits a 19th century Pennsylvania governor for putting the term on coins while serving as director of the U.S. Mint. 

The bill says schools can post it by using a mounted plaque, student artwork or some other form.

All but one Democrat voted against the legislation, and all but one Republican was for it.

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Comments: 3

  • Larry img 2013-10-24 19:56

    I am a Catholic, and Catholic educated.

    My faith is me.

    This proposal goes against individual freedom of the Bill Of Rights.

    This proposal is only meant to disenfranchise others, and say to those that if you do not believe what I believe you are not American.

    Wrong!

    This proposal itself is un American.

  • John Forest img 2013-10-25 12:34

    As this is obviously a reference to a a Christian god, it is rude, presumptuous and hurtful to non-Christians. I don't have any idea
    how Representative Saccone concludes that his beliefs trump those of other faiths or that such thoughts deserve to be trumpeted in our publicly funded institutions.

    I am a proud non-believer, but I submit that people of faith should be the first to decry the intrusion of religion into public institutions. It is a short-sight person of faith who imagines that their group will always be the most numerous or favored in a culture. Further, it is easy to imagine how constituents of other faiths or no faith would feel unnecessarily excluded by such proclamations.

  • lauriemann57 img 2013-10-28 11:48

    It goes against the Constitution, but not necessarily against state law. I still think it's a bad idea.

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