National Motto Bill Advances

National Motto Bill Advances

Push to display "In God We Trust."
Pennsylvania School Districts could soon be required to post a national motto in all classrooms.
If a bill under consideration in Harrisburg is approved, the school your child attends could be required to post the saying "In God We Trust" throughout the school.

The bill that passed this week in the House education committee is called the national motto display act.  Supporters say it makes perfect sense from an historical perspective.
     
 
The legislation proposed by Allegheny County Representative Rick Saccone credits a nineteen century Pennsylvania Governor with putting the national motto "In God We Trust" on all coins issued by the U.S. Mint.  Supporters of the bill say it is time to go one step further and require that motto to be posted in all Pennsylvania classrooms.
      
"And if you look back, this is simply the national motto and if you can't teach children, our young people    the national motto   is, this nation, how are we supposed to know, how are they suppress to know   for the next generation   what we are all about?"   

There is plenty of support for the move in this part of Pennsylvania.  The Superintendent of the Bellwood Antis school district says the mandatory posting of the motto would be welcoming in that district.
    
"Seeing that is a national motto I would certainly support doing that, and i know that   if that would come to Pennsylvania and pass, there would be no problem with Bellwood Antis."   

 Objections to this proposed National Motto Display act have already been raised by some groups concerned about the separation of church and state.  But supporters of the bill contend this would provide a lesson in history and not in religion.
 
"So i believe   its important to go back to the roots and teach how this nation was founded   to begin with    and certainly it doesn't establish any type of religion and so i don't see a problem with posting it." 

The National Motto Display Act was approved by the House Education Committee this week largely along party lines with most Republican members favoring the bill and most Democratic members of the committee objecting to it. Sponsors say the bill has an excellent chance of being approved by the full General Assembly during the current session.



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