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Bill requires OH public schools to display state & national mottoes

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House Bill 184, signed into law by governor Bob Taft, will require all public schools to display any donated copies of the state and national mottoes. This legislation was pushed for by (conservative Christian) Moms for Ohio whose director had this to say,

“Sometimes the most meaningful gift that we can give our children is also the most simple. Doing our best to ensure that these simple statements of faith, “In God We Trust” & “With God All Things Are Possible”, statements which are supported and treasured by millions of Americans are present with them during their time at school may be one of the best and most meaningful gifts that we will ever give our children” - Theresa Fleming (emphasis mine)

http://www.momsforohio.com/

Here is an excerpt from the testimony of a task force member of the National Motto Advocates,

"Finally, our founding fathers clearly understood that virtue on a personal or national level was only possible through religion. They experienced in their own lives the impossibility of being virtuous without religion. George Washington in his Farewell Address taught us: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” Washington said “indispensable.” It has been the universal experience of mankind that virtue comes, not from human strength alone, but from reliance upon a power greater than themselves. It is trust in God that makes possible virtuous choices. Virtuous choices are required of a citizenry in order for a government to sustain real freedom. Such is the essence of religion; belief, according to the Declaration of Independence, in a Creator who “endows all men with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, a Creator who empowers men and women who rely upon Him to be virtuous and thus be able to live in freedom.

To summarize: No Republic without freedom. No freedom without virtue. No virtue without religion.

Many, perhaps even most, of our fellow citizens understand that if we separate our citizens from their Creator, our country will not long endure. But there are those in our society, a militant minority, who are dedicated to separating our nation, our government, our schools, our children from the Godly foundations of our nation and our great state. I am not here to impugn the motives of this militant minority. As a former popular president once said, “I choose not to interpret the motives of those with whom I disagree.” But I firmly believe that if this militant minority’s campaign is successful, it will result in national suicide.

HB 184 is just one of many bills before you. However, seen in the context of a revolution that needs to be overcome if our form of government is to long endure, its importance is magnified. The bill will make it possible for young people throughout Ohio to learn about our national motto, “In God We Trust” and our state motto, “With God All Things Are Possible”. Hopefully, they will be inspired to also learn about the history of the mottoes and the firm beliefs of those who established them.

With knowledge of our mottoes and with understanding of the conviction and rationale of those who decided to institutionalize their beliefs with these mottoes, our young people, the citizens and future leaders of our society will be better able to continue our form of government, a government dedicated to liberty, assured by virtue, and empowered by religious faith."

http://nationalmotto.homestead.com/nmadocs.html

And who is going to donate copies of these mottoes? Why the National Motto Advocates and American Family* Association, of course. No, there's no religious component to this, it's just symbolism of our country's history. :roll:

*"Family" only refers to conservative protestant heterosexual republican families
 
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Columbusite said:
House Bill 184, signed into law by governor Bob Taft, will require all public schools to display any donated copies of the state and national mottoes. This legislation was pushed for by (conservative Christian) Moms for Ohio whose director had this to say,

“Sometimes the most meaningful gift that we can give our children is also the most simple. Doing our best to ensure that these simple statements of faith, “In God We Trust” & “With God All Things Are Possible”, statements which are supported and treasured by millions of Americans are present with them during their time at school may be one of the best and most meaningful gifts that we will ever give our children” - Theresa Fleming (emphasis mine)

http://www.momsforohio.com/

Here is an excerpt from the testimony of a task force member of the National Motto Advocates,

"Finally, our founding fathers clearly understood that virtue on a personal or national level was only possible through religion. They experienced in their own lives the impossibility of being virtuous without religion. George Washington in his Farewell Address taught us: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” Washington said “indispensable.” It has been the universal experience of mankind that virtue comes, not from human strength alone, but from reliance upon a power greater than themselves. It is trust in God that makes possible virtuous choices. Virtuous choices are required of a citizenry in order for a government to sustain real freedom. Such is the essence of religion; belief, according to the Declaration of Independence, in a Creator who “endows all men with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, a Creator who empowers men and women who rely upon Him to be virtuous and thus be able to live in freedom.

To summarize: No Republic without freedom. No freedom without virtue. No virtue without religion.

Many, perhaps even most, of our fellow citizens understand that if we separate our citizens from their Creator, our country will not long endure. But there are those in our society, a militant minority, who are dedicated to separating our nation, our government, our schools, our children from the Godly foundations of our nation and our great state. I am not here to impugn the motives of this militant minority. As a former popular president once said, “I choose not to interpret the motives of those with whom I disagree.” But I firmly believe that if this militant minority’s campaign is successful, it will result in national suicide.

HB 184 is just one of many bills before you. However, seen in the context of a revolution that needs to be overcome if our form of government is to long endure, its importance is magnified. The bill will make it possible for young people throughout Ohio to learn about our national motto, “In God We Trust” and our state motto, “With God All Things Are Possible”. Hopefully, they will be inspired to also learn about the history of the mottoes and the firm beliefs of those who established them.

With knowledge of our mottoes and with understanding of the conviction and rationale of those who decided to institutionalize their beliefs with these mottoes, our young people, the citizens and future leaders of our society will be better able to continue our form of government, a government dedicated to liberty, assured by virtue, and empowered by religious faith."

http://nationalmotto.homestead.com/nmadocs.html

And who is going to donate copies of these mottoes? Why the National Motto Advocates and American Family* Association, of course. No, there's no religious component to this, it's just symbolism of our country's history. :roll:

*"Family" only refers to conservative protestant heterosexual republican families

Just some thoughtful MOMs wanting to expose their children (really all children) to some important Constitutional era (50 years ago) history. I'm sure they will also post the original national motto alongside.

So we're teaching the four r's now. But if those kids are to have a truly balanced education, we need to consider other options too, maybe make sure 'The Jefferson Bible' is read aloud in their Sunday Schools.


Speaking of schooling, there is another important science alternative that needs equal time, like ID, and maybe for their next project the MOM's should advocate the teaching of it:

Intelligent Falling:

"Things fall not because they are acted upon by some gravitational force, but because a higher intelligence, 'God' if you will, is pushing them down," said Gabriel Burdett, who holds degrees in education, applied Scripture, and physics from Oral Roberts University.
 
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