‘In God We Trust’ Signs to Be Posted in Every Louisiana School This Year

“I still feel strongly that America is a Christian nation,” Shelby Ainsworth, principal of West Monroe High School, told WAFB 9. “I want our high school youngsters exposed to as much as that as possible.” - Christian Headlines

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Aaron Blumer's picture


We haven't been a "Christian nation" in that sense in a very long time... and were never intended to be a nation where government run schools use the power of government to require deference to a particular religion. It was all just going with the flow back when nearly everybody was at least culturally theist, but we're not there anymore and plaques on the wall are not going to change that--they're only going to generate lawsuits that the plaque-posters will lose.

Local districts -- for government run schools -- should be allowed to reflect the faith of their communities. They should not be required  to reflect any faith at all. I don't see how it can pass the first amendment test.

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GregH's picture

I am always bemused by the fact that the same Christians that have the political muscle to get these  theocratic things passed are often the same ones moaning about Christian discrimination and persecution in America. You can't have it both ways...

Bert Perry's picture

....Christians ought to act as if they do trust in God.  Putting the sign up in every classroom hearkens back to the 1950s, when overt religiousity (often faked) was a sign that we weren't Godless commies.  And then you get kids whose friends/neighbors/relatives spend their Saturdays at the honky-tonk or strip bar (or wherever), and they figure out that "In God We Trust" in their classroom is a mockery.

In other words, a misplaced assertion of trust in God is equivalent to an inoculation against faith.  Nasty reality there.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

TylerR's picture


I'm reading a book about evangelicalism in America, and the author explained how Eisenhower tried to institute a civil religion in the mid-1950s to counter the Red Scare and to instill civic pride. This is where "In God We Trust!" comes from. Graham was a key ally. 

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?