Action Alert

Protect the First Amendment in Minnesota schools

Tell Minnesota legislators to scratch language in the state Senate’s education policy bill that would put “In God We Trust” in every public school building.

Last month, a bill that would require every school board in the state to place the phrase “In God We Trust” in all public schools was introduced. It was sponsored by state Sen. Dan Hall, a preacher and a former Christian school principal. Hall reportedly said that the bill would “encourage the people of faith” and openly acknowledged that the bill fails to keep church and state separate.

While the bill never received a vote, it has now rolled into the education policy bill, SF 3086, which is now before the House Education Finance Committee.

Even though the phrase is, disgracefully, the national motto, there is no question of the legislation’s religious intent. Please take action today to oppose this attempt to insert religion into Minnesota public schools by telling the committee to remove language in SF 3086 to put “In God We Trust” in Minnesota public school buildings.

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Please call or email members of the Education Finance Committee. Use this link to find their contact information. 

MESSAGE

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I am writing as a concerned Minnesotan to strongly oppose the language in the Senate’s education policy bill (SF 3086) to put “In God We Trust” in state public school buildings. The phrase was adopted as our national motto in the 1950s, it carries a clear religious message that has no place in our secular public schools.

The sponsor of SF 3061, which has now been rolled into the education policy bill, said that the intent of the legislation is to promote faith, and admitted that it would mix church and state, which is both inappropriate and unconstitutional. This clear intent to insert religion into Minnesota’s public schools is anathema to the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and marginalizes the 21 percent of young Americans who are either atheist or agnostic, according to a recent study. These students do not trust in any gods and no message to do otherwise should be expressed to them by their government.

Please remove language in SF 3086 to put the religious phrase “In God We Trust” in Minnesota state schools.

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