Louisiana has recently enacted a law, HB 8, that now obligates all public schools to prominently showcase the official United States national motto, “In God We Trust,” in every classroom and building. Effective as of August 3, this law stipulates that each public school system must ensure the presence of this motto throughout their facilities.
Display Guidelines Ensured
To ensure compliance, the Louisiana government has provided clear instructions on how the national motto should be displayed. The displays should prominently feature the phrase “In God We Trust” as the focal point, using a large, easily readable font. The law mandates that the display should be on a poster or framed document that measures a minimum size of eleven inches by fourteen inches.
No Financial Pressure on Schools
Importantly, this law does not place any financial burden on the schools. They have the flexibility to use existing funds or accept donated signage for the purpose of complying with this requirement.
Governor’s Official Approval
Governor John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, signed this bill into law back in June. The governor’s approval reflects the growing trend among conservative movements in multiple states to emphasize the national motto in various public settings.
In Line with Other States’ Actions
Louisiana is now following the lead of several other states, including Florida, Arkansas, South Dakota, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Texas. These states have already passed similar laws that mandate the display of “In God We Trust” in public facilities.
Significance and Legal Controversies
The phrase “In God We Trust” carries significant spiritual importance and has long been familiar by appearing on all U.S. currency. However, its usage as an official motto has faced legal challenges from anti-religious activists, who argue that it infringes upon the rights of individuals with differing beliefs.
As Louisiana’s public schools work to comply with this law, they will ensure the display of the national motto in a manner that aligns with the newly established requirements.