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USA: New Hampshire: Two upcoming education bills - a threat to secularism

Saturday 1 February 2020, by siawi3

Source: https://ffrf.org/news/action/item/36889-new-hampshire-please-take-action-on-two-upcoming-education-bills

Action Alert
New Hampshire: Please take action on two upcoming education bills

January 24, 2020

The New Hampshire House Education Committee is considering two bills related to religion in schools next week and they need to hear you weigh in.

The first bill, HB 1148, seeks to place the theocratic motto “In God We Trust” in New Hampshire public schools. This bill is part of the nationwide legislative push, Project Blitz. Project Blitz seeks to inject state legislatures with a whole host of religious bills, imposing the theocratic version of a powerful few on We The People. It is an unvarnished attack on American secularism and civil liberties.

While politicians claim that these laws are intended to showcase the national motto or inspire patriotism, it’s clear from the bill’s pandering language that their true purpose is to peddle religiosity to a captive audience. This bill is about advancing the Big Lie that the United States was “founded on God” or Christianity, and dismantling the wall of separation between religion and government. The motto “In God We Trust” is inaccurate and exclusionary, and this bill is aimed at brainwashing American schoolchildren into believing that our nation is a theocracy.

We need your help to ensure that a captive audience of impressionable students aren’t forced to view a motto that falsely equates piety with patriotism. This bill will be reviewed in committee on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

The second bill, HB 1306, is a good piece of legislation that would repeal an existing law that permits schools to recite the Lord’s prayer in public elementary schools in the state. Although not enforceable, leaving such a law on the books perpetuates the myth that we are a Christian nation, and repealing this law is a positive step to preserve secular public education. The committee will review this bill on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Please use our simple, automated system to contact the members of the N.H. Education Committee members and urge them to vote no on HB 1148 and to vote yes on HB 1306. Click on the red “Take Action!” link. Feel free to use or adapt the talking points provided. If you are able to attend either of these House Education Committee hearings next week, please consider doing so to share your thoughts with lawmakers in person.

TAKE ACTION!