As students near the end of the first month of classes across the state, a new law is allowing schools to bring God back to Alabama public schools; and legal challenges are expected to follow.
Earlier this month, the Blount County school board is positioned to become the first system to display the motto publicly, and Blount County Superintendent Rodney Green told AL.com a policy could be drafted within the next month.
“You would think that something that passes the Legislature won’t be challenged in the courtroom but we all know that it can and probably will,” Green told the Associated Press.
But Attorney General Steve Marshall is ready to fight anyone who challenges the new policy, “We ought to be able to display the nation’s motto, and to be able to do it without fear of litigation, we’ll stand up for anybody who does it,” Marshall told Gray DC.
“In God We Trust” has been the official motto of the United States since 1956 and back in March, the State Legislature passed HB228: The National Motto “In God We Trust” Act, which allows the national motto to be placed on government agencies and offices, in and on public buildings, including public school classrooms across the state.
“I think this is our nation’s motto ‘In God we trust.” It’s been challenged in federal court for multiple reasons including for being on our currency, it’s been dismissed out of hand by federal courts; there’s no reason why it wouldn’t be true in Alabama,” Marshall continued.
“We believe it’s an appropriate use of government authority to be able to stand behind the motto of this president, and we ought to be able to continue to do that.”