Louisiana has implemented a new law, HB 8, which mandates that all public schools must prominently display the national motto of the United States, “In God We Trust,” in every classroom and building. The law, which went into effect on August 3, requires each public school system to ensure the motto’s presence in their facilities.
To ensure compliance, the Louisiana government has issued guidelines on how the national motto should be displayed. The displays should feature the phrase “In God We Trust” as the central focus, printed in a large, easily readable font. The law sets a minimum requirement that the display should be on a poster or framed document measuring at least eleven inches by fourteen inches.
No Financial Burden on Schools
While the law emphasizes the display of the national motto, it does not impose any financial burden on the schools. They are allowed to use existing funds or accept donated signage for the purpose.
Governor John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, signed the bill into law in June, reflecting the growing trend among conservative movements across various states to emphasize the national motto in public life.
Following Other States
Louisiana joins other states like Florida, Arkansas, South Dakota, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Texas, which have passed similar laws mandating the display of “In God We Trust” in public facilities.
Spiritual Significance and Legal Challenges
The phrase “In God We Trust” holds significant spiritual importance and is already well-known for appearing on all U.S. currency. However, its use as an official motto has faced legal challenges from anti-religious activists who argue that it infringes on the rights of citizens with different beliefs.
As the law takes effect, Louisiana’s public schools will make sure to display the national motto in a manner that aligns with the new requirements.