“In God We Trust” banned in California classrooms

Do you have any spare change lying around?  Yes?  I thought you might.

My dollar coins say “In God We Trust.”

My dollar bills say “In God We Trust.”

My quarters say “In God We Trust.”

My dimes say “In God We Trust.”

My nickels say “In God We Trust.”

My pennies say “In God We Trust.”

Every time I touch American legal tender, I touch the words “In God We Trust.”

Nevertheless, it turns out that those words are illegal — if they appear, not on a student’s coins, but on his classroom wall:

Saying a high school teacher has no right to “use his public position as a pulpit,” a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a San Diego County school district was on solid legal ground when it ordered a math instructor to remove large banners declaring “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE.”

Those inscriptions and others that longtime teacher Bradley Johnson displayed on his classroom wall amounted to a statement of religious views that the Poway Unified School District was entitled to disavow, said the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Under U.S. Supreme Court rulings, the appellate panel said, government employees, including public schoolteachers, have no constitutional right to express views in the workplace that contradict their employer’s rules or policies.

“Johnson took advantage of his position to press his particular views upon the impressionable and captive minds before him,” said Judge Richard Tallman in the 3-0 ruling, which reversed a lower-court decision in the teacher’s favor.  (Emphasis mine.)

"Hey, you can't say that in here!"

I especially like Judge Tallman’s reference to “impressionable and captive minds.”  Apparently those young minds can withstand the constant propaganda emanating from legal tender, but put it on a classroom wall and their mushy psyches are completely overcome.  Under that kind of pernicious “God We Trust” influence, the next thing you know, those poor, weak-brained students are going to rush out and commit some heinous acts of morality and decency. You can see pictures of the hypnotic, over-powering banners here.

(By the way, if you’re getting old, as I am, and are trying to fix “God Shed His Grace On Thee” in your mind, it’s from “America The Beautiful,” a song that liberal media stalwart Lynn Sherr identified in her book about its creation as our “nation’s favorite song.”)

We need to stop worrying about al Qaeda and start getting seriously worried about our judiciary.  For three federal appellate court judges to say that the motto imprinted on every coin in America constitutes a private statement of religious views that can be banned from the classroom crosses a line from Progressive to deranged.

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  • jj

    Judge Tallman evidently keeps his cranium wedged so far up his fundament the last time he saw daylight was the instant of his birth, when he spent half a second transiting from inside his mother to inside himself.  This seems to be, however, not at all unusual for the performing monkeys-in-ball gowns who make up the ninth circus.  It’s apparently, in fact, normative for that bunch.
    But I once learned to read, and while I cannot easily discern auras within (or without, for that matter) penumbras, I am pretty good at translating simple declarative sentences in English.  I figure the one about congress making no laws respecting the establishment of a religion is such a simple declarative statement.  It means what it says – and that’s all it means.  Like the other Amendments, it limits the government – not the rest of us.  Any meaning more than that is an invention, and originates from somewhere near where Tallman stores his head.
    I have always found it amusing that our good friends on the left so proudly trumpet that crap about a “wall of separation between church and state” just as though it meant something, or bore some relationship to the founding documents of this society.  It doesn’t, of course: the phrase comes from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote, on another subject, at a time when he happened to be no part of government.  The part that’s most amusing is that the phrase was picked up and entrenched – to the detriment of the actual Constitution, which contains only the simple phrase on the matter I referenced –  a hundred-forty years later by Hugo Black, a son of a bitch Roosevelt appointed to the supreme court.  Black quite probably holds the distinction of being the only supreme court “justice” – if that’s the word – to serve simultaneously on the court and as an officer of the Klan.  As a leading light of the robed and hooded brethren (as opposed to the robed and hood-free ones) he hated, in approximate order: blacks, Catholics, Jews, and women occupying any office higher than maid.  just the guy you want making America’s rules on religion – but a perfect illustration of the depths to which the left will sink in defense of their world-view.  Or a perfect illustration of paralyzing ignorance.  Hard to say which – but I bet if you told Tallman that his view of religious expression was shaped by a black-hating officer of the Ku Klux Klan, he would very likely neither know it, or believe it.
    What Bradley Johnson needs to do is simply photograph the front side of a penny, blow it up to poster size, and stick that on the classroom wall.  Let some be-robed braying jackass object to that! 
    And, as you indirectly say, we must all work toward putting the monkeys back in the cages, and get the totality of what the Constitution actually has to say on the subject at least as wide circulation as the bullshit the representative from the Klan unloaded on posterity.

  • Oldflyer

    This doesn’t actually bother me too much. I think the teacher went too far.  I would be a lot happier with the ruling if Judges would also prohibit testimonials to other religions, such as “mother earth”, and “big government”.
    A recent  annoyance of mine–one of the smaller ones–is the peace symbol.  I first noticed it worn constantly by my grand daughter.  Now, I see that it is a favorite fashion statement for youth.  I wonder how many icons of the religion of Peace at any Cost  are displayed in classrooms.

  • Libby

    How soon before they outlaw US flags at schools, because they represent patriotism, which is, you know, jingoistic or something. And might offend students of non-American heritage (the ones who are hyphenated Americans).

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Soon to be replaced by “In Demoncrats we trust” and “In Obama we trust”.

  • Michael Adams

    Judging by this morning’s election news, maybe not so soon, Ymarsaker.
    Try Psalm 73, vs. 1,2 “Truly God is good to the upright, to those who are pure in heart.
    But as for me my feet had almost stumbled.
    vs.18, 19  Truly Thou dost set them in slippery places;Thou dost make them fall to ruin.
    How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors.
    Ain’t no gloating like David’s gloating. (Actually, in this one, Asaph’s gloating, but David is regarded as the compiler of the Psalter.)

  • Blick

    If the teacher had burned the flag he would have been applauded. Dissent is patriotic don’t ya know. None of that old fashioned stuff any more. 

  • http://bkivey.wordpress.com/ bkivey

    Going to side with the court on this. Sauce for the goose and all . . .