This is SO embarrassing:
â€œAfter months of contentious debate, a Bakersfield school district has voted to display the phrase â€˜In God We Trustâ€™ on the walls of more than 2,300 classrooms, school libraries, administrative offices and the board’s meeting room.
â€Adopted by Congress as the U.S. motto in 1956, the words will be highlighted in a poster along with portions of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the original national motto: e pluribus unum, Latin for â€˜from many, one.â€™
â€â€˜We’re not going to accept the agenda of some radical leftists who want to expunge God from public dialogue,â€™ Chad Vegas, an evangelical pastor who sits on the board of the Kern High School District, said in an interview Tuesday. â€˜Instead, we’re teaching our citizens — including our children — that the very foundation of government is that God gave them unalienable rights that cannot be usurped by the will of the majority or anyone else.â€™
â€The board’s action was seen by opponents as part of a broader effort to infuse local schools with religious doctrine. Vegas last year persuaded the board to change the official names of winter and spring breaks to Christmas and Easter recesses. In response to a question Tuesday, he repeated his position that evolution is â€˜nonsenseâ€™ but said he wasn’t sure that he would seek to have intelligent design taught in science classes.
â€â€˜I’m not opposed to it,â€™ he said. â€˜I just haven’t tried to do it.â€™
â€Before an overflow crowd Monday night, board president Bob Hampton cast the sole dissenting vote in the 4-1 decision. As he has in the past, he argued that â€˜the spiritual side of a student belongs in the home and in the church — not in the school.â€™
Board puts faith in ‘In God We Trust’. After months of debate, a Bakersfield school district votes to display posters explaining the motto in 2,300 classrooms and offices, by Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer, November 7, 2007
Bob Hampton is my hero. Bakersfield is unworthy of such a brave and intelligent guy.