A new law in Louisiana requires all public schools to display the national motto, “In God We Trust,” in each classroom.
The law was signed by Governor John Bel Edwards in June and went into effect on August 1.
The bill’s author, state Rep. Dodie Horton, said the motto does not preach any particular religion, but it does recognize a higher power. However, critics of the law fear it will further blur the lines separating church and state.
The previous law, passed in May of 2018, stated each school must have “In God We Trust” displayed within the building.
The ACLU of Louisiana has criticized the law, saying that parents, not school officials, should be responsible for shaping their children’s religious education.
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