In the wake of the Valentines Day shooting, the Florida State Legislature voted no on gun control legislation but made a big move to improve school safety. The House voted a big "YES LORDY" to the Magic Star Man in the Sky Castle. A bill calling for a prominently displayed “In God We Trust” plaque to hang in all Florida Schools and administration buildings passed 97-10. Rep. Kimberly Daniels, a Jacksonville Democrat sponsored the bill and cited school shootings as the reason.
Daniels said Magic Sky Man is the "light" and "our schools need light in them like never before." Sure, she conceded, gun issues need to be addressed, but the "real thing that needs to be addressed are issues of the heart." Anytime you hear ‘heart’ that’s a dog whistle to Evangelicals, who would like nothing more than Theocratic rule. Rep. Carlos G Smith one of the few dissenting votes Tweeted, “let’s keep a clear separation between church + state. Forcing our public schools to post “In God We Trust” in a conspicuous place is inappropriate...”
The phrase is an affront to the separation of church and state, a slogan born of creeping Theocracy and the Red Scare of the fifties. ‘In God we trust’ wasn’t adopted until 1956. It replaced our previous de facto motto, ‘E Pluribus Unum’ translated as ‘one from many.’ The founding fathers’ motto was not religiously affiliated, and neither should public schools be. Not to mention the ridiculousness of this kind of ‘solution.’
By Being Liberal contributor: Sarah Ficca