Students Come Up With A Genius Way To Get Around ‘In God We Trust’ Laws

The Devil is in the details.

Because our nation’s politics continue to be infested with adherents to arcane religious beliefs we get stories like this one.

South Dakota recently passed a law making it mandatory for schools to display a sign that reads “In God We Trust” in all public schools, because apparently they have nothing better to do.

But, much like the Bible, the law contains a lot of fine print and a clever group of students has used its wording to subvert the law’s dogmatic intent.

According to The Friendly Atheist, since the law never states that “In God We Trust” must be the only words on the sign, a high school student group called “Working to Initiate Social Equality” (or WISE) has offered up a proposal that would include a myriad of other options such as “In Allah We Trust”, “In Science We Trust,” or “In Ourselves We Trust.”

It kind of looks like a chore wheel.

(via The Friendly Atheist)

The students presented their plan to the Rapid City School Board, which heard the proposal but has taken no action on the subject.

According to The Friendly Atheist, Abigail Ryan, one of the high school students and group members behind the idea said the following:

“I think that’s a really foundational element of American society is that we are a cultural melting pot and it is really important that we make all people who come to America to feel welcome and to be more in accordance with the first amendment since we all have the freedom of religion.”

Looks these religious power plays are stupid at best and dangerous at worst and pranking and frustrating them at every turn is the only appropriate response.

Win one for the heretics.

h/t: The Friendly Atheist