By: Lathan Watts, First Liberty Institute’s Director of Community Relations. Originally published in the Daily Caller on May 15, 2018.
Earlier this week, Minnesota State Senator Dan Hall (R) introduced a bill that would allow privately funded posters displaying the national motto “In God We Trust” to be placed in all Minnesota public school classrooms. There may have been a day in the not-so-distant past when a subtle reminder to students that our nation was founded on trust in an authority higher than government, the same authority from which we as Americans derive our natural rights, would have been a unifying, non-partisan measure.
Not in today’s America.
Proving the theory that the most dangerous place in any room is between an offended liberal and a microphone, Senators Scott Dibble (D) and John Marty (D) rose in opposition. Dibble wondered if the bill’s sponsor “ would feel the same if students walked in and instead of the word ‘God’ the word ‘Allah’—which is the word for God in the Muslim religion—welcomes students to their schools.”
Not to be outdone, Marty added, “The money in my wallet has to say ‘In God We Trust.’ I think that’s offensive.”
The month of May is a beautiful time of year in Minnesota, but apparently they still have to deal with the occasional snowflake. No word yet on whether Senator Marty has rid himself of the offensive legal tender. Perhaps donating the offensive legal tender to a charity that actually serves the people of Minnesota would help him feel better.