Do you believe the source of America's blessings stems from a fervent trust in God?
Is there a more important message our children can learn?
When our inspired founders debated the form of government our country should take, they determined that the best form of government, and the only one which a moral people could prosper under, was that of a republic.
At that time, our founders chose as a national motto the phrase, "E PLURIBUS UNUM," which means "out of many, one". They chose this phrase to signify that the 13 original colonies were united in one country, America.
In 1956 during our country's conflict with atheistic communism, the congress of the United States voted to change our national motto to "In God We Trust," as a symbol that we utterly rejected communism. This new motto also reflected the feeling of our Founding Fathers who created the magnificent documents that have guided this Republic for over 200 years. One of the beliefs they embodied in our constitution was the notion that rights come from God and it is government's job to protect those basic unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. (http://www.ustreas.gov/education/fact-sheets/currency/in-god-we-trust.shtml)
Over the years, we have seen corrupt individuals seek to thwart the moral foundation that comes from a proper form of government. We have seen the Soviet Union try to identify itself as a Republic in it's use of the acronym USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics). In truth, communism was nothing but a fraudulent license to abuse their citizenry. There were no unalienable rights for the people because in their system there was no creator to bestow those rights upon the people.
In our own beloved country we have seen the increasing use of the term "democracy" to represent our form of government in a deliberate effort by some to sway public speech until people actually believe we live in a capital "D" Democracy. The only democracy we have in the United States is spelled with a little "d" which is what Western civilization is trying to spread, the notion that people have a right to vote to elect their representatives. A large "D" Democracy as a form of government, rejects the notion that rights come from God by saying rights come from government and the majority makes the rules. James Madison, one of our founders and former presidents, described Democracies in the Federalist Papers as follows:
He also said of Republics:
Initially I just want to provide a poster to every classroom in my own school district (Alpine-Utah). At the encouragement of several state legislators, I have expanded what was a district project to take orders from around the state, and I suppose country as well, so that you can donate posters to your school's teachers and/or district.
In doing this I am releasing the poster image with a public domain license. You may download the graphic and print posters for your school or district as desired.
I have also prepared a one-page curriculum to accompany the poster, which will facilitate a short discussion on the national motto in the classroom when hanging the poster (hopefully next to the flag so children see it each day during the pledge of allegiance), as well as on September 17th as part of a Constitution Day program to remind children a little about the history of our country.
There is no greater gift to provide to children than an understanding that their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, come from a just God that gave mankind agency to choose to live as full a life as they could, and no man or government on earth can take those rights away.
If you want to print your own, here are links to download the poster and curriculum page.
UTAH has had these posters delivered to every public school classroom in the state. It's up to the teacher to choose to post it in his/her classroom, but they've all received them.
In Utah, we have a law on the books that allows for posting these documents in every public school classroom.
Utah Statute 53A-13-101.4 Study and posting of American Heritage Documents
I do not have any copies remaining of these posters but I am releasing the poster design above into the public domain. Anyone can print their own copies and distribute them. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.