Southlake schools rejects 'In God We Trust' signs featuring rainbows, Arabic

  

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Via:  tacos  •  4 weeks ago  •  12 comments

By:   Natalie Walters Member Exclusive (Dallas News)

Southlake schools rejects 'In God We Trust' signs featuring rainbows, Arabic
Under a new law, Texas public schools are required to hang posters emblazoned with "In God We Trust" if someone donates a poster or framed copy to a campus.

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When a Southlake parent attempted to donate “In God We Trust” signs written in Arabic and decorated with rainbow colors, the school board president informed him that schools already have enough posters displaying the national motto.

But under a new law, Texas public schools are required to hang posters emblazoned with “In God We Trust” if someone donates a poster or framed copy to a campus.

“We will have to look at what remedies we have so we don’t get excluded from our public schools,” said Southlake parent Sravan Krishna, who requested the trustees take those posters. “We deserve to be included in these efforts as well.”

The Carroll school district earlier this month received a shipment of such signs, with the all-capital letters displayed in white, on a blue background, above the American flag. The posters   were donated by Patriot Mobile,   a Christian wireless provider tied to a political action committee that   spent big money to help elect conservatives   to North Texas school board seats.

A student group fighting for change in the district, the Southlake Anti-Racism Coalition,   labeled the donations   a “blatant intrusion of religion in what should be a secular public institution.”

So coalition members designed an array of alternate posters that included the motto in other languages and with rainbow lettering. Members of the LGBTQ community use the rainbow flag in pride-related events.

Krishna presented the posters — one written in Arabic, the others with rainbows — near the start of Monday night’s meeting.

However, board president Cameron Bryan responded that the district already accepted enough signs to display the national motto at each of Carroll’s campuses and in the administration building.

He said that the district doesn’t have to display more than one copy at a time, so as to not overwhelm campuses.

Krishna pushed back, displaying his posters for the rest of his three-minute allotment during the public comment section. The Texas statute   does not mention a limit.

When the Patriot Mobile representatives donated their signs, the Carroll ISD trustees posed for photos with them during their board meeting.

Patriot Mobile’s donation triggered widespread attention and   spurred some trolling efforts   from across the country. A Florida activist quickly announced plans to raise money to send Texas schools “In God We Trust” signs — written in Arabic.

He’s raised more than $40,000   via a GoFundMe   that declares the intent to donate hundreds of signs — in Arabic, Hindi and Klingon and with gay pride symbols — to schools across the state, “flooding the public school system.”

Carroll ISD — an affluent, mostly white district — has been ground zero for the ongoing political fights around how schools should discuss diversity and inclusion.   The U.S. Department of Education last fall   opened a handful of civil rights investigations into “allegations related to discrimination based on race, color, national origin or sex” within Southlake schools.


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Tacos!
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1  seeder  Tacos!    4 weeks ago
However, board president Cameron Bryan responded that the district already accepted enough signs to display the national motto at each of Carroll’s campuses and in the administration building.

He said that the district doesn’t have to display more than one copy at a time, so as to not overwhelm campuses.

Is he suggesting you can have too much God on campus? in Texas? Does he even want to be reelected?

 
 
 
GregTx
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1.1  GregTx  replied to  Tacos! @1    4 weeks ago

I don't understand why they wouldn't be allowed as well. That's just un-American. 

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.2  devangelical  replied to  Tacos! @1    4 weeks ago

to paraphrase an old texas tourism slogan, "it's like a whole 'nother country".

 
 
 
Ender
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1.3  Ender  replied to  Tacos! @1    4 weeks ago

Just shows me the whole thing is bullshit. Several religious bigots deciding policy.

 
 
 
Freewill
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2  Freewill    4 weeks ago
that declares the intent to donate hundreds of signs — in Arabic, Hindi and Klingon

Klingon? Really?  Worf is no doubt beaming with pride... jrSmiley_82_smiley_image.gif

Sometimes such trolls are pretty funny.  But I submit to you that whoever drafted that law mandating that posters emblazoned with "In God We Trust" must be hung at any campus to which they are donated, did not think that one all the way through.  Such legislators/lawmakers might want to avoid chess matches or other activities that require one to think a few moves ahead.   Oh wait, history has demonstrated that the inability to foresee the impacts of the laws they create is a prerequisite for that job... my bad...   

 
 
 
cjcold
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2.1  cjcold  replied to  Freewill @2    4 weeks ago

Maybe just gluing a dollar bill to the door would be sufficient?

 
 
 
Ender
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2.2  Ender  replied to  Freewill @2    4 weeks ago

What gets me is they make stupid laws just to appease a minority of their base.

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.2.1  devangelical  replied to  Ender @2.2    4 weeks ago

it's the thumper version of "king of the hill". texas, home of the mega-churches.

 
 
 
cjcold
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2.2.2  cjcold  replied to  devangelical @2.2.1    4 weeks ago

Home of where preachers have their own Lear jets.

(just to make it easier to spread their word of greed and lies).

 
 
 
Freewill
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2.2.3  Freewill  replied to  Ender @2.2    4 weeks ago
What gets me is they make stupid laws just to appease a minority of their base

Yep.  Pretty silly isn't it?

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
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2.3  sandy-2021492  replied to  Freewill @2    4 weeks ago
Klingon? Really?  Worf is no doubt beaming with pride...

Nah.  The Klingons killed their gods.  They were more trouble than they were worth.

 
 
 
GregTx
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3  GregTx    4 weeks ago
En Dios confiamos

Would that not be allowed as well because they have enough signs?

 
 

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