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Schools to display national motto posters over objections

Mar 12, 2018

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Some Arkansas public schools will begin displaying hundreds of posters proclaiming the national motto of "In God we trust" over objections from First Amendment groups who say the state is using the artwork to promote Christianity.

A new law, Act 911, requires schools to display posters with the motto, as well as the U.S. and Arkansas state flags, if the posters are donated.

The law says the posters can be put up in each public elementary and secondary school classroom, library or any public building in Arkansas that's maintained using state money.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that some groups object to the move, calling it a violation of separation of church and state. The Freedom From Religion Foundation says Act 911 uses "the machinery of the state to promote Christianity."

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com