-- Indiana lawmakers have rolled back a proposal that aimed to require a
poster with the national motto “In God We Trust” and the American and state
flags be displayed in all public school classrooms.
The Indiana Senate
education committee modified the bill to make the poster optional before
voting Wednesday to advance it to the full Senate for consideration.
The bill originally
required the posters be at least 11 inches by 17 inches, with the letters of
“In God We Trust” a minimum 4 inches tall. Republican Sen. Dennis Kruse of
Auburn said he sponsored the proposal because he believed the national motto
is important and all students should see it each day in their classrooms.
State law already
protects any school which decides to post the motto.
Kruse’s proposal said requiring the display of the motto violated the
principle of separation of church and state.
A school officials
association had suggested if the poster was required that the state should
pay for printing and distributing them to schools rather than leaving it to
nearly 300 school districts to prepare them on their own.
“in God We Trust”
was first used as a motto by the 125th Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment of
the United States Army in 1862