The words “In God We Trust” may soon be displayed in all Pennsylvania public schools.
A Pennsylvania bill that would require the state’s schools to display the phrasepassed the House Education Committee last week in a 14-to-9 vote, according to Fox News. While proponents of the bill say it would serve to honor a national motto, others say it would violate the separation of church and state.
Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny) sponsored the bill, titled The National Motto Display Act. He says it's important that schools display the words “In God We Trust,” as the phrase is closely connected to Pennsylvania history. Former Pennsylvania Gov. James Pollack is reportedly responsible for putting the phrase on coins while serving as the director of the United States Mint about 150 years ago, according to local outlet WHTM-TV. The phrase was adopted as a national motto in 1956.
The measure would require schools to present the words on a plaque or through student artwork, according to the outlet.