Kentucky Schools Get ‘In God We Trust’ Signs

As students around the nation go back to school over the next few weeks, many will find a new phrase displayed proudly throughout their schools’ property. Kentucky is the latest state to require the National Motto “In God We Trust” to be put up in every school.

The bill was signed into existence in March by Republican Governor Matt Bevin and requires that every school will have a sign with the phrase posted in prominent areas of the school or where those who attend the school are most likely to see it. Potential spots for the new signs are in common areas such as the cafeteria, school entryways, and main office.

Republican Representative Brandon Reed, who is also a Christian minister, initially filed for the measure. Last year he said, “I really like for the kids, when they go in, to see our national motto. So when they go into the common area like the cafeteria or wherever inside the school, they can see that.”

If a school fails to comply with the new law, there is no immediate penalty. However, local residents or citizens can sue the district as a result.

And while many parents and members of the community are enthusiastically welcoming the signage, there are those who oppose the measure, saying that it “distracts school officials from fulfilling their core mission” of education, while others such as the American Civil Liberties Union say it “has the appearance of endorsing religion” and is a direct violation of church and state.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor told the Associated Press, “Our position is that it’s a terrible violation of freedom of conscience to inflict a godly message on a captive audience of schoolchildren.”

Others, such as Kentucky’s 16th District’s PTA President Penny Christian says, “I am a Christian, I just don’t believe that the school is the venue where my daughter learns anything about Christianity or religion unless it’s in a historical context.”

However, the supreme court already ruled in favor of the phrase when they decided not to remove it from our currency in June.

Attorney and atheist Michael Newdow attempted to have the phrase banned from money, claiming that it created a “religious establishment,” much like the official state church of England.

According to the judges, “the Establishment Clause (of the First Amendment) must be interpreted by reference to historical practices and understandings. The Supreme Court has long recognized the ‘unbroken history of official acknowledgment by all three branches of the government of the role of religion in American life from at least 1789.’”

This makes the phrase less about religion than about our country’s history and the principles we were founded on. The National Motto is no different.

And that is precisely the reason President Eisenhower made it our national motto in 1956 after heard a sermon by Reverend George Docherty in Washington.

During this sermon, the minister spoke about President Abraham Lincoln and his use those two words, “under God” during the Civil War in the Gettysburg Address, which is arguably one of the greatest national speeches in our history and the one that inspired “In God We Trust” to be put on our currency.

The speech, however, was not an attempt to teach the people about God; it was used to remind our country of the principles our nation was built on, to bring them to a place of unity for justice. According to Lincoln and Rev. Docherty, the phrase is what separates the US from totalitarian regimes elsewhere in the world.

Docherty said, “Now, Lincoln was not being the original in that phrase. He was simply reminding the people of the basis upon which the Nation won its freedom in its Declaration of Independence.”

He went on to cite the Declaration and the fact that it mentions God four times, using the terms “Creator,” “Supreme Judge of the World, “divine Providence,” and God.

Eisenhower was moved by the sermon and the patriotism that flowed from it. He pushed for both our National Motto and the addition of “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance, and a few short months later they were signed into law.

Eisenhower said that he wanted every American child to be reminded of the “true meaning” of our nation, reiterating “the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future” and to “strengthen those spiritual weapons which will forever be our country’s most powerful resource.”

97 thoughts on “Kentucky Schools Get ‘In God We Trust’ Signs”

  1. Just one question – Why? Where is this to be posted in schools? Why is “religion” being brought into KY schools. Isn’t religion a private, individual matter? I am not anti-religious, in fact I have been a member of several religions during my life time. Is teaching religion in school the next move by our elected officials?

  2. Very good! Letting us all come together
    and try to fix what has been torn from us
    over the years.
    IN GOD WE TRUST it’s for everyone to see,
    and making it into law is the best thing I have heard in 26 years.

  3. I am not religious but if it ticks-off the progressive, liberal, left-wing, communist, Democrats, it is more than fine with me!

    I also think it is stupid that statues of Civil War people are being taken down. Like it or not, that’s history. If you want to deny the accomplishments of people like “Stonewall” Jackson and Robert E. Lee, you might just as well deny there was a Civil War. If you deny the Civil War, one, and only one, of the reasons it was fought was to eradicate slavery therefore slavery didn’t exist. Forget reparations!

  4. It is so very sad that history is so poorly taught in some public schools. Christianity was a major factor in our founding documents. When our beloved Capitol building was yet unfinished, two church services were held there each Sunday. These services were held for over 60 years. Congress and the President passed legislation funding with taxes a paid Chaplain to start each session of both houses with a prayer. The Capitol Building still holds services for weekly prayer breakfasts. Each Supreme Court meeting is still begun with a prayer. Paid chaplains are still serving our military.

  5. Our country’s foundation was established upon our “Creator’s” established facts.. and/or gifts: “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. This is clearly stated in the Declaration of Independence that introduces our awesome US Constitution of self government and self protection..IN GOD WE TRUSTED as …WE THE PEOPLE were breaking away from the stiffulling SOCIALIST world power, Britain.
    USA, the true ‘people’s government’ was not created for another socialism, for another handful of (poor or rich)
    POWER HUNGRY CONTROL FREAKS falsely pushing socialism on us a hundred forty years later.
    USA needs it’s borders because ‘borders’ declare our USA home’s front and back doors. This family of citizens have been protected by our God. WE THE PEOPLE enjoy His gifts of “life, liberty and the pursuit. OH YES..IN GOD WE TRUST.

  6. Well, at least something good is happening in this country. “In God We Trust” has been a terribly important motto for this country.

  7. God Bless the Govenor of Kentucky. It’s about time someone has the guts to stand up for the principles our great country. Love this country and those who stand up for us the AMERICAN people. Let’s get OUR country back on track and to blazes with the aclu and the atheists idiots

  8. Congratulations to the People of Kentucky.
    Bluegrass People and have the Tenacity of a Badger.
    “In God We Trust” should be on the doorsteps of every School and Municipal Building in the United Sates of America.
    Its what our Principles are Based on.
    A strong Moral Fiber, belief in Family, God, Country,……… A commitment to do right, even when your alone.

  9. The signs are a great idea and should be posted in schools nation wide. Those opposing them are opposed to the United States and should think about moving to another country.

  10. God Bless President Lincoln, Ky and God Bless Dwight Eisenhower for the vision and the strength to do what is good for our country and each new generation of our young citizens. I fear that our Maryland has lost the ability to stand tall and proud and strong for the land of religious tolerance and freedom we were founded to be so I don’t expect to see such vision here. I just pray that this, too, shall pass without any lasting damage.

  11. What a joke about Eisenhower. Moved by a sermon. He was heavily involved in Operation Keelhaul, the operation which sent millions of Europeans back into Soviet control, one of the major sins against God and humanity, in 1945. Those people, men, women and children, were either killed outright when the Russians got their hands on them, or, were sent into the labor camps, where they all perished slowly.
    Put Operation Keelhaul into the search bar. If you read all of it, you will see what a criminal Eisenhower, along with other top names at the time, really were.I wonder if God made him pay for the act of destroying untold numbers of people after the war ended in Europe.

  12. Please inform ms. Gaylor that it is a terrible violation of freedom of conscience to inflict an unGodly message to our kids about the fallacies of Socialism and disrespect for authority, plus allow the teachings of Islam. If her kind is all about tolerance and freedom of conscience of what people choose to believe; this should not be a problem to give the kids a choice rather than having lies and propaganda constantly shoved down their throats. Shame on you, Penny (so-called) Christian; you should be rejoicing over this after what you have seen taking place, like brainwashing. God should be welcome everywhere. Stop drinking the Kool-aid. Oh, to have leaders like Eisenhower again.


  14. Good for them…..Maybe some civility will finally be put back into schools. Teachers should have respect and children should not be in control of classrooms. May they actually might be taught history, math, science, how to spell and write legibly, how to learn to share opinions without hate and respect each other. This how the schools used to be.

  15. This is great and I hope that it will continue across our nation. We need this mental reminder, and I believe God honors our recognition of Him. I hope that if Muslims are still given time out for prayer, that others will be given the same opportunity. I’m from the generation of Bible Clubs held at school, for social outreach. It was a bond with cherished memories.

  16. Great Job Kentucky. Our God should be in all public buildings. Those who don’t agree with it or like it do not have to look at it. They can pretend it’s not there just as they pretend God is not there.
    I wish all of the United States would do the same. When I was in school the message was above the
    Doors at the main entrance. We had morning prayer said the pledge of allegiance, teacher would look around to make sure all of the girls dresses touched the floor while we were kneeling for prayer. Then we had sharing time and started started our school work. Teachers were in charge of the classroom, pupils were respectful. Teachers were also respectful to the students.
    Today video games and internet access has created a generation of children who are disconnected from social graces, and interaction
    Even with one another unless it’s on social media.
    The Nation should take a close look at why our
    Country is devolving and desensitized to the value of human life.
    Thank you Kentucky and God Bless your path.

    1. Hope my first post makes it is awaiting moderation. I guess because it had the word God it and praises about him.
      Yes I’m a conservative and God seems to be a forbidden topic.

  17. Awesome, You go kids ! Kentucky and TN. are close to my heart , My grandmother Hatfield was from Elisabeth Town KY. You give us hope and keep the faith. There is still with young Americans such as yourselves.

  18. All for it! We need to re-establish our moral compass and remind students of our history and where their freedoms and liberty come from. This is not the establishment of a national religion as some will erroneously argue, but the acknowledgment that all peaceful religions are welcome here.

  19. Let’s just get it over with already! Let’s return to the good ‘ol days, give everybody swords and spears, and let the people of each religious faction fight and kill each other in perpetuity to “prove” whose (non-existent) deity is the “right” one. Put down the computers, stop watching television, burn down the hospitals, ditch our cars, replace our skyscrapers with thatched huts, start burning witches and heretics and return to the beautiful days when religion ruled.
    Oh, and let’s revise history to pretend our Founders were religious fundamentalists, not Freethinkers, and scrub the fact that most of the first Europeans coming here were fleeing persecution from one branch or another of “the religion of love and freedom”.
    Face it, there is simply nothing so compelling about Christianity that any great number of people would feed the Christian god and keep him alive unless brainwashed, threatened or compelled to do so.

  20. “And while many parents and members of the community are enthusiastically welcoming the signage, there are those who oppose the measure, saying that it “distracts school officials from fulfilling their core mission” of education, while others such as the American Civil Liberties Union say it “has the appearance of endorsing religion” and is a direct violation of church and state.”

    As well as many know this same verbiage is printed on the dollar bill – Maybe require a rule requiring students to always have appropriate dollar bill on the student at all times?

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