Rick Scott has recently signed House Bill 839 into law. It requires every public school in Florida to “conspicuously” display the Florida state motto “In God We Trust.” An important downside to this new bill is the fact that this display is mandatory, yet no funding is being provided to schools to display these signs.
One Florida group thinks they have the solution. Atheists of Florida notified school districts in Florida of the availability of their version of the required sign. They say they are offering to provide as many signs as the schools need, free of charge.
There are currently two versions of these signs. The first version states “E Pluribus Unum, In God We Trust,” which means “Out of Many, One, In God We Trust.” It also includes the words “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” which is part of the first amendment. This sign version is ready to distribute to the over 4,000 public schools in Florida.
The other version of the sign is still being designed. It will include names and images of different gods. A survey is available to all those who wish to participate in choosing which gods should be included. The survey asks “What gods do you trust?” You can then choose from a variety of gods listed and submit your answers anonymously. The survey also asks if you are a Florida resident or not.