The Blount County school board in Alabama is preparing to display the national motto, “In God We Trust,” in its public schools a month after the state legislature voted to allow the motto to be displayed on public property, reported AL.com.
Before the motto can be displayed in public schools, however, an attorney will be consulted because the county expects some organization or individual will try to challenge the motto’s display.
"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," said Superintendent Rodney Green, who oversees the Blount County school system, which runs 17 schools and teaches more than 7,800 students.
Other Alabama school districts will likely follow suit, according to AL.com. Tennessee has already required public schools to display the national motto prominently.
On Nov. 6, in a related issue, Alabama voters will be able to decide on changing the state’s constitution to allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public schools.
"It's a tsunami of Christian national laws in our country right now," said Annie Laurie Gaylord, the co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. "The upcoming election will say a lot about the direction of our nation. With the Republicans in charge of Congress and so many of these states, we are seeing a constant push for theocracy."
Alabama State Rep. David Standridge (R-Hayden), tweeted, “This article talks about the ‘In God We Trust’ Act that I had the honor to sponsor. Political correctness has gone too far if our schools are afraid to display our national motto.”