Senator Amanda Chase says schools that don’t display “In God We Trust” are breaking the law

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By Brandon Jarvis

State Senator Amanda Chase (R) announced Monday night that she wanted to introduce legislation requiring schools to display “In God We Trust”.

She said that when she looked into filing the bill, she learned that the bill was already law. Chase then said that she’s going to contact school board members in her district, Colonial Heights & Chesterfield.

Chase says that according to the law, “All school boards in Virginia shall prominently post the statement, “‘In God We Trust,’ the National Motto, enacted by Congress in 1956″, in a conspicuous place in each of their schools for all students to read.”

She repeatedly refers to “In God We Trust” as our national motto. So I looked it up, and she is actually right.

The modern motto of the United States of America, as established in a 1956 law signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, is “In God We Trust”.

In 2011, the House of Representatives voted 396 to 9 to reaffirm the U.S. national motto: “In God We Trust.”

“Some public officials have stated incorrectly that there are different national mottoes. We heard the president make that mistake,” explained Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), who sponsored the bill.

Midway through his first term, Obama said in a speech that “In the United States, our motto is E pluribus unum — out of many, one.”

Go over to Amanda Chase’s Facebook page, as she often replies to constituents in the comments. You can read her original post below.

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“There seems to be so much confusion about the meaning of “separation of church and state” these days. So today I looked into filing legislation that would require public schools to post in a visible location our national motto “In God We Trust.” After all, it is our national motto. And then I found that the bill ALREADY PASSED back on May 12, 2002. In fact, the law as it is written says that:

“All school boards in Virginia shall prominently post the statement, “‘In God We Trust,’ the National Motto, enacted by Congress in 1956″, in a conspicuous place in each of their schools for all students to read.”

It’s important to note that the language is not permissive but requires the school to do it or they are in violation of the law. The law says they “shall prominently post” not the school board “may post” with the permissive language. So is your school following the law?

Delegate Bob Marshall was the House patron and Senator Tommy Norment was the Senate patron.

Here it is:

VIRGINIA ACTS OF ASSEMBLY —

2002 RECONVENED SESSION CHAPTER 895

An Act to require the posting of certain statement in the public schools of the Commonwealth.

Approved May 17, 2002

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. Posting of certain statement in the public schools.

All school boards in Virginia shall prominently post the statement, “‘In God We Trust,’ the National Motto, enacted by Congress in 1956″, in a conspicuous place in each of their schools for all students to read.

The Office of the Attorney General shall intervene on behalf of local school boards and shall provide legal defense of the provisions of this section.

2. That school boards, at their

discretion, may accept contributions in cash or in-kind from any person, as defined in § 1-13.19, to defray the costs of implementing this provision.

[H 108]”

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Has anyone ever heard if this law being enforced?

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