February 20, 2014 1:11 pm -

If only schools would put up signs with the word “God” in them, America won’t be going down the rabbit hole. Or so Iowa Republican legislators think.

The bill requires schools to display the phrase on a “prominent display of a wall plaque or artwork that results from a student contest.”

The bill, House File 2282, was introduced by Reps. Dwayne Alons, Tom Shaw, Joel Fry, Larry Sheets, Tedd Gassman, Sandy Salmon, Greg Heartsill, Ralph C. Watts, Jason Schultz, Mark Bradenburg, and Mark Lofgren on Tuesday.

The phrase “In God We Trust” was placed on U.S. coins by Congress in 1864 “largely because of the increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War,” according to the Treasury Department. It became the country’s official national motto in 1956.

Pennsylvania lawmakers are also considering legislation that would require all public schools to display the motto.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.