Most of the United States seems to be moving toward agnosticism in public, whether it concerns the display of the ten commandments, which are arguably the basis of most civilized systems of laws in the world, the discussion of creationist ideals, or even the barest mention of God or some other deity in the public. There seem to be movements throughout the nation, annoyed by the names of military units or equipment that has religious undertones, or even the idea of a Christmas tree in a public square.
In Alabama, however, it seems that the public school officials are looking to go in precisely the other way, and are bringing God back to their schools, or at least hoping to. Their method of doing so is beautiful in its simplicity; they plan to display the national motto “In God We Trust” in schools. With one act, the state returned “historic documents” of great import to schools, and brought the motto back to schools, even in the midst of fury from leftist and atheist organizations.
Public school officials in Alabama are hoping to put the United States’ motto back in schools. In February, the state’s lawmakers approved legislation that would allow such displays on public property.
Blount County’s school board is poised to be one of the first, if not the first, to take action and put the motto in their schools.
Blount County, whose largest city is Oneonta, with a population of around 58,000 people, says that a policy on the display of the motto in their school systems could be completed as early as next month, according to Superintendent Rodney Green.
Observers on both sides of the issue view the county as a possible ‘testing ground’ for upcoming legal challenges and battles over the display of the U.S. motto.
Green said that he thinks if something passes the legislature, it should be beyond legal challenge in a court of law. He oversees the county’s schools and the education of its 7,800 students, and he admits that the legislature can, and likely will be challenged.
David Standridge, the State Representative who sponsored the legislation, said that he was honored to sponsor it, and that he believes political correctness has gone too far if schools in the United States are afraid to display that national motto or other historical documents.
It was not adopted as the national motto, however, until 1956, when the 84th Congress passed a joint resolution declaring it the national motto, which President Dwight Eisenhower signed on July 30, of that year, passing it into law.
This law passed in Alabama is not a mandate, however, unlike a similar measure approved in the state of Tennessee.
The law simply gives schools the option to display the motto in the school, and it is up to the school district to make their own decision on whether or not to do so.
Dean Young, the chairman of the Ten Commandments political action committee, said that he hopes that schools throughout Alabama would choose to display not just the national motto, but also the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Young hoped that teachers would share with students how the documents were divinely inspired.
However, some critics are calling the decision a part of a “constant push” toward theocracy.
Critics claim that the policy, and other similar policies throughout the United States, constitute a “tsunami of Christian laws.” Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Madison, Wisconsin-based ‘Freedom From Religion Foundation,’ bemoaned the laws, and suggested that they were the result of national politics in the nation.
Gaylor continued on and declared that the upcoming election will say a lot about the direction our nation is heading in.
She also whined that republicans were in power in Congress and in so many local governments.
The FFRF leader even said that it was due to those right-leaning individuals that the country was seeing a “constant push” toward theocracy.
Of course, it seems like Gaylor, much like her mother, doesn’t know what the word ‘theocracy’ actually refers to. A theocratic system of government is not one where people adhere to religious principles in determining how they will lead, it is one where the priests rule in the name of a God or other deity or deities.
For example, Iran is commonly called a theocratic republic, and is even labeled as such by the CIA World Factbook. In Iran, many high-ranking officials are, in fact, religious leaders. The ‘top person’ in their government is called a faqih, which means a scholar of Islamic Law, and he is elected not by the people, but rather by a council of sharia law experts.
That faqih has more power in Iran than the rightfully elected president.
There is nothing wrong with display the nation’s motto in schools, so long as schools are not forcing children to pray in ways that they would not otherwise. America is far removed from being a theocracy, and it’s not likely the United States will become one in the next election. The country is a republic, founded on Judaeo-Christian principles. If someone doesn’t like that, they are free to ignore it, while of course, benefiting from the God-given liberty the nation provides.