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Texas law requires schools to display the national motto “In God We Trust,” but critics argue that it imposes religion on children

It is required that posters be hung with the American flag and the Texas state flag under the phrase “Only if donated.”



The national motto must now be displayed on posters in Texas public schools.

The phrase on the posters must be centered beneath an American flag, as required by law.

The law, according to opponents, “imposes religion” on students.

As long as the posters are donated, a new Texas legislation mandates that schools display posters of the country’s motto, “In God We Trust,” in every building on their campuses.

A sturdy poster or framed copy of the American national anthem must be displayed on campuses in “a conspicuous area in each building of the school or institution,” according to SB 797, a law that was approved by the Texas legislature last year.

Conservative organizations like Patriot Mobile, which describes itself as a Christian wireless service, have already started sending the placards to schools in the state, according to Chron. However, the regulation only applies if the posters are provided to the schools.

Each poster must also display the Texas state flag and the American flag “centered under the phrase.”

Both K–12 and higher education institutions are subject to the statute.

One of the bill’s co-authors, state representative Tom Oliverson, told the television station KHOU that putting the country’s motto on display in schools was a “wonderful chance.”

Another co-author and Texas state senator Bryan Hughes praised the legislation on Twitter on Tuesday, adding that it “asserts our communal belief in a sovereign God.”

However, the law’s critics told The Guardian that it forces Christianity into public schools, which they claim are secular establishments.

“They fundamentally violate the separation of church and state on their own. The bigger context, however, makes it difficult to avoid seeing them as a component of the larger Christian nationalist effort “Jews for Racial & Economic Justice’s Sophie Ellman-Golan, the organization’s director of strategic communications, told The Guardian.

The posters, according to other religious organizations like the Council on American-Islamic Relations, might “promote discussions among Texas students about their many religions and enhance understanding,” the outlet was told.

Insider’s request for response was not immediately answered by Hughes or Oliverson’s representatives.

According to Forbes, several other states, including many in the south, have mandated or permitted schools to display “In God We Trust” signs, posters, or other symbols over the previous few years.

Following the Parkland shooting in 2018, Florida Governor Rick Scott approved legislation resembling the Texas law requiring schools to post the national motto in “a visible area” across each building.

The Texas bill is a result of growing right-wing support for Christian nationalism, which is the idea that Christianity should be inextricably linked to American culture and law, even among GOP lawmakers.