West Virginia advances school mandate on 'In God We Trust'

If a bill passed by the state Senate on Monday becomes law, all public schools in West Virginia may soon be obliged to post the words "In God We Trust" on their buildings.

Republican Sen. Mike Azinger, who filed the bill, stated that he wanted to give schoolchildren something to aspire to and let them know it was acceptable to "mention God" in class.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Azinger said, "We know there are a lot of kids that have challenges at home, rough times at home that we don't know about.

"Perhaps one day they'll look up and declare, "In God We Trust," realising they can place their hope in God."

The displays must also show both the national and state flags of the United States, but they cannot show any other text, graphics, or data. They must either be donated or bought using donations from private individuals.