RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The national motto “In God We Trust” has been painted on prominent walls of 23 public school buildings in Rapid City, South Dakota.
It’s in keeping with a new state law that requires the motto be displayed on public school grounds in prominent locations, including cafeterias, common areas and entryways. Lawmakers who supported the legislation said it’s meant to inspire patriotism.
“In God We Trust” was adopted as the U.S. motto in 1956 with the passage of a bill that President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law.
In May, a group of students from Stevens High School asked the school board to display an alternate version of the motto they designed that includes the names of Buddha, Yahweh and Allah. The board took no action.