Atheists are furious after what the State of Arkansas just forced on them. Now, they are up in arms, but once you see why, you’ll celebrate like we did.
America’s failing public school system has been a breeding ground for liberal idiocy and Godlessness. Recently, the state of Arkansas took a step back in the right direction by putting a little bit of God back in the classroom and other places, a move which now has atheists furious.
America’s national motto “In God We Trust” has just been put back into Arkansas public schools after a new law went into effect. Of course, atheists are angry over the new law and object to the mention of God in any way that they believe jeopardizes the separation of church and state.
The Washington Times reports that complaints have been lodged by atheist groups such as the Freedom From Religion Foundation, claiming that the new law named Act 911, which allows for the display of posters bearing the motto, constitutes the usage of “the machinery of the state to promote Christianity.”
Under the new law, public schools, which are operated by state funds, are required to display framed posters of the national motto, as well as the U.S. and state flag, in classrooms, libraries, and other public buildings. The only stipulation with regard to the posters under the law is that they are donated using private funds.
Rep. Jim Dotson (R-AR) initially introduced the bill in the 2017 legislative session before it passed into law with only three votes opposing it. Dotson reportedly wanted school kids in Arkansas to have an understanding of our nation’s history and heritage, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Dotson said that many school children in Arkansas weren’t even aware that “In God We Trust” is the national motto. “Putting it up and displaying it is something I think is very valuable,” Dotson explained. In February, the Bentonville School Board received a special delivery of the new posters from Dotson himself, which were donated by the Arkansas-based American History and Heritage Foundation.
A local American Legion purchased the featured frames from a Hobby Lobby craft store at a discounted price before donating them to the school board. While the Bentonville School Board wanted to have their posters and flags on display by Spring Break, other districts claimed to have no knowledge of any posters being donated to them and had no official plans to act in accordance with the new law.
We are happy to be helping #Arkansas schools display the National Motto in fulfillment of ACT 911 – read about it all in the article. Thanks to @RepJimDotson for his leadership sponsoring the bill. #arpx #InGodWeTrust pic.twitter.com/Vbl11nynGk
— Am. History&Heritage (@Am_Heritage) March 12, 2018
The New Jersey-based American Atheists organization was only one of the anti-religion groups who expressed outrage over the new law. They sent a letter to all Arkansas school districts in September 2017, warning them of legal consequences should they decide to comply with the new law. The group claimed that the posters represented “state-sponsored religious expression in public schools.”
The atheist group also emphasized that Dotson had characterized the law as an “acknowledgment of God in public life” and that youth pastor Chris Reed at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Bauxite said, “I think it’s vital that we have that spiritual influence in our schools.” Reed added, “This is who we are, this is who we have been, and hopefully, I pray, that’s who we continue to be moving forward. In the name of Jesus that our lives will be directed as we obediently follow Christ.”
“The statements from Rep. Dotson and the religious groups that have pledged to donate the displays betray the true purpose of this legislation,” stated the atheist organization’s president, David Silverman. “This isn’t about heritage or history. This is about sneaking tributes to their god into our public schools. We will not allow atheists or members of minority religious groups to be made to feel like second-class citizens in Arkansas.”
Posted by Representative Jim Dotson on Saturday, August 26, 2017
“The courts have long guarded against attempts to inject religion into public schools, even under the guise of so-called ‘ceremonial deism,’” added the organization’s attorney, Geoffrey T. Blackwell. “When the people advocating for this law tell us it’s about acknowledging religion and pushing religion on public school students, we should take them at their word. It’s a sham, and we’re not going to sit idly by while the rights of students, parents, and teachers are being attacked,” he added.
“Requiring that ‘In God We Trust’ appears in every public school classroom and library in Arkansas sends the unmistakable message that those of us who don’t trust in gods are outside the mainstream and not full members of the community,” Blackwell continued. “The Establishment Clause requires that our schools avoid doing exactly that,” he complained.
The letter sent to 262 district superintendents in the state of Arkansas by the atheist group warned that the posters would violate the Constitution and threatened to take any school that complied with the new law to court.
This is just another example of a small minority of the population trying to impose their ideology on the overwhelming majority. The atheist groups should remember that the new law was passed by state legislators who were elected by the majority of Arkansas residents. At a time where American school kids fear for their safety in the classroom, I think putting God back into the equation is a turn for the better.