“In God We Trust.”
That’s what this bill wants to display prominently behind the dias in both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly.
There’s representative Kidwell. Might want to read up on him here:
Five years ago a similar bill was introduced to place a plaque with the words “In God We Trust” in every school in a prominent place.
From the May 17th, 2018 edition of the News & Observer:
North Carolina public schools could soon become a little more religious, if the General Assembly passes a new bill that would force schools to display signs saying “In God We Trust.”
The bill would require all public schools, both traditional and charter, to put a sign displaying both the national motto of “In God We Trust” and the state motto of “To Be Rather Than To Seem” in a prominent place on campus (http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article211333674.html).
That was simply hypocritical to many- in an election year nonetheless.
To some, it was simply trying to appeal to the evangelical vote for the primary sponsors.
Take a visit to the website for the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation – http://cpcfoundation.com/. That’s .COM. It’s commercially driven. There is even a page for North Carolina’s delegation.
The connection between Rep. Kidwell and this caucus goes back a few years. From 2018:
All in the name of religious freedom. Talk about your separation of church and state.
Kidwell’s actions with the push for the Hillsdale College curriculum as a current representative and past actions as a school board chairman makes one wonder if he will push for “In God We Trust” to be put in every school. The Congressional Prayer Caucus certainly wants to.
As a teacher in a public school, it is not my job to indoctrinate students with religious dogma. It should not be the job of a school plaque to do the same thing.
If a student comes into my classroom, I will do my best to teach him or her. It does not matter if the student is a Christian, pagan, atheist, agnostic, Muslim, Buddhist, Taoist, or believes in many gods. It does not matter is the student is straight, gay, or identifies as transgender. It does not matter if the student is a Dreamer, first-generation immigrant, or someone whose family line runs generations in NC.
The public school walls should be as accepting.
But if one really wants to have “In God We Trust” to be read in schools or at ther General Assembly, then maybe it should come in this form – many times over: