Facing a new law requiring the posting of the phrase "In God We Trust" in public schools, officials at the Fayette County Public School system in Kentucky came up with an interesting solution: They framed and posted one-dollar bills.
The Kentucky law requires that the phrase, which is also the U.S. national motto, be posted in a "prominent" place but says nothing about the size of the display. Officials at the county's school say they are meeting the law's requirements.
"Like every school district in the commonwealth, Fayette County Public Schools has complied with the requirements of the new law to display the national motto in our schools," Superintendent Manny Caulk told a Lexington TV station. "AU schools in our district have been provided a framed version of an enlarged copy of a $1 dollar bill to display in a prominent location."
But one Kentucky lawmaker was not amused. State Rep. Brandon Reed (R-Hodgenville), the legislator who sponsored the bill requiring that the motto be posted, accused the district of playing "political games."
Americans United countered that it's actually the lawmakers sponsoring these "In God We Trust" bills who are playing political games--through the Project Blitz campaign, they're proposing supposedly innocuous bills like displaying the national motto and teaching Bible classes in public schools as the vanguard of other harmful measures that would allow religious freedom to be used to justify discrimination in foster care, marriage and other aspects of life.
AU also noted that...