Commonwealth Policy Center

Kentucky kids will be going back to school soon and they’ll notice something new once they enter the front doors: the national motto will be on full display. A recently enacted law requires every school in Kentucky to prominently display the national motto which says, ‘In God We Trust.’ Some are calling the move unconstitutional, including a regional PTA president who thought the new law violated the separation of church. Of course, there’s nothing in the constitution that prohibits posting references to God in public places. Americans are fond of saying that their rights are God-given. So exposing our children to the national motto is an extension of an ideal we’ve embraced—the ideal that God is part of our political fabric that we could not exist without.