New signs stating America’s national motto, “In God We Trust,” are now displayed in 11 different rooms throughout the Kentucky Statehouse.
The signs are only temporary until newer signs, with an updated version of the Kentucky seal and motto, permanently take their place.
The law proposing the creation of these signs was first passed in 2006. President of the Kentucky State Senate, Robert Stivers, explained his support for the signs.
“This is America,” said Stivers, a Republican. “I feel like this nation was and is established by God. We need to show the same respect in the committee rooms that we show in the Senate and House chambers.”
Many groups oppose the new signs, saying their religious rights are being infringed upon.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State both oppose the signs, with Americans United communications director Rob Boston stating: “We just believe that government is supposed to represent everyone — the religious and non-religious.”
This is not the first time Kentucky has seen controversy over the showcasing of the nation’s motto. In 2008, the pro-religious group Reclaim Our Culture Kentuckiana was denied a license plate sporting America’s motto.
The “In God We Trust” motto has also stirred much controversy this year, with states including North Carolina and Washington also making headlines for their displays of the motto in courthouses and state office buildings.
Sources: Americans United For Separation of Church and State, WKYT, Fox News, Opposing Views / Photo Credit: Scott Hudson/Flickr