Dispatches from the Creation Wars

In God We Trust in Every Classroom

The board in Kern County public schools, in Bakersfield, CA, have approved a plan to put posters declaring “In God We Trust” in every classroom and office in the school system:

Trustees of the largest high school district in the country voted 4-1 Monday night to mandate displays bearing the nation’s motto — “In God We Trust” — and other historical documents in over 2,300 district classrooms and offices.

The display of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights will be included in the posters approved by district trustees in Bakersfield, Calif. Monday night.

Kern County High School District trustee Chad Vegas initially proposed the measure as a way of promoting patriotism. But the idea sparked a contentious debate.


But the woman who originally suggested the idea gives away the game immediately:

The classroom displays were first suggested by the non-profit group In God We Trust — America Inc., whose president, Jacquie Sullivan, is a Bakersfield councilwoman.

“I encouraged the trustees to put this on the agenda,” she said. “It’s very important. We need to promote patriotism and promote it in our schools. We can’t just assume that the younger generations are going to have that strong love for God and their country the way the older generations do.”

Sullivan’s organization has offered to provide funding for the project at Kern.

The councilwoman, who said she is a registered Republican and a Christian who attends a local Baptist church, told FOXNews.com that she has neither a religious nor political agenda in pushing for the measure.

“It’s not political. It’s not religious. It’s patriotism,” Sullivan said. “American patriotism is love of God and love of country. It’s pride in our country.”

Obviously, the goal is for the schools to advocate and promote “the love of God” to students. Good luck getting that one past the Lemon test, folks. I smell a lawsuit. Not to mention the plain absurdity of the idea that patriotism requires “love of God.” That can only mean that atheists can’t be patriots – and I have no doubt that is exactly what this halfwit believes. That makes it no less obnoxious and idiotic.

Incidentally, the school has said that the posters will cost $12,000 to purchase and that it will come out of their regular budget for instructional materials. Imagine how many textbooks that would buy. If an average textbook costs $50, that’s 240 textbooks. But instead that money is being wasted on a constitutionally dubious project because some school board members want to use the schools to promote “the love of God.”