Mandate for display of ‘In God We Trust’ in TN schools sent to governor

On an 81-8 vote and with little debate, the House gave final approval Monday evening to legislation that requires the words “In God we trust” to be prominently displayed in all kindergarten-through-12th grade Tennessee schools.

The “National Motto in the Classroom Act” (SB2661) was approved earlier by the Senate without any debate as a part of a “consent calendar” of non-controversial bills and resolutions. It now goes to Gov. Bill Haslam for his signature.

On the House floor, Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) proposed an amendment that would have required schools to also display “the traditional national motto of the United States, ‘E Pluribus Unum’ (Latin for out or many, on) along with “In God We Trust.”  But he withdrew it without any discussion after being told by the House clerk that he had filed the amendment too late for normal consideration on the floor.

The bill was sponsored in the House by Rep. Susan Lynn (R-Old Hickory), who briefly described the measure, declaring it appropriate that “a cornerstone of our freedom” be part of children’s schooling. The bill was sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Paul Bailey (R-Sparta).

Note: Previous post HERE.

5 Responses to Mandate for display of ‘In God We Trust’ in TN schools sent to governor

  • Leslie Parsley says:

    Lynn and her toadies are idiots. This is unconstitutional as hell and will most certainly be rejected by the courts. All that these fools are doing is wasting taxpayer money. Meanwhile, welcome to Tennessee, home of the USA’s Sharia Laws. Now ain’t we proud!

  • James White says:

    Maybe Congress will rule the federal courts have not authority to rule on this bill.

  • Chris Saunders says:

    Great comment, Tomster.
    This is certainly creeping christian sharia.

  • Cannoneer2 says:

    R – Old Hickory. I wish we had a R – Mount Juliet. As I write this, they have just finished cleaning up the debris from the latest wreck on Hwy. 70 east of Mount Juliet. The highway is STILL a two lane road, and there are apparently no plans to do anything about this overcrowded section of state highway. I see where Rep. Lynn’s priorities are, and even with increased dollars from the IMPROVE act that she reversed course to support, we can’t get anything done, not even a flashing light. Looks like we’ll have to rent bulldozers and do the job ourselves.

  • Eddie White says:

    Sounds like s pretty common sense bill to me.

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