Minnesota Democratic state Sen. Scott Dibble and Sen. John Marty opposed a bill that would display “In God We Trust” on a poster in public schools.
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Republican Sen. Dan Hall, who sponsored the bill, told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” that he did so to bring respect back to schools.
“I only assume that if you take those things out of government, if you take the things that are respectful out, you’re going to put in something different,” he said. “We need to bring respect back to our country.”
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However, Dibble and Marty felt adding the motto to schools would be counterproductive to Hall’s goal of bringing respect back.
“The money in my wallet has to say ‘In God We Trust.’ I think that’s offensive,” Fox News reported Marty said on the state Senate floor.
Dibble wondered if Hall would support welcoming students to the school with the motto if the word “God” was replaced with the word “Allah.”
Hall told Fox News that he anticipated some opposition but chalked up the continual criticism to an “anti-faith” movement.
“To suppress anything that is religious in any way and wipe it out,” he told “Fox & Friends.”
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According to CBS Minnesota, four states in America already require the motto to be displayed in school, and the poster would reportedly be paid for through private funds.
In Minnesota, schools are already required to display the American flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance at least once a week.