In another sign that the South Dakota Legislature is committed to poseurdom over problem-solving, Senator Phil Jensen (R-33/Rapid City) has rounded up 50 Republicans to co-sponsor his Senate Bill 55, a measure that would require every public school to display “In God We Trust” “in a prominent location” in “the form of a mounted plaque, student artwork, or any other appropriate form as determined by the school principal.”
Were I a school principal committed to the principles of the founding of our great nation, I would respond to SB 55’s theocratic mandate thus:
In a Session dominated with talk of teaching our kids civics, it is essential that we teach our kids that we are one nation, not one church or temple or mosque. “In God We Trust” cannot represent the beliefs and aspirations of every American. “E Pluribus Unum” far better represents the uniquely unifying mission that can make every willing heart an American.