Parent pissed “In God We Trust” omitted from coin


A Keller school district parent said political correctness has run amok at her daughter’s elementary school, where the principal chose to omit the words “In God We Trust” from an oversize coin depicted on the yearbook cover.

“I think it’s really ridiculous,” said Ackerman, whose daughter Tawni, 10, took the book home Thursday afternoon. “Now it has come to this. … When is it going to end?”

She likened the situation to retailers that use “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas” in their displays and advertising.

“First, we can’t say ‘Christmas’ trees. It’s ‘holiday’ trees. Then it’s ‘holiday’ decorations,” Ackerman said. “It just doesn’t make any sense to me.”

Ah, see, I can help you out there. It doesn’t make any sense to you because you’re an idiot.

Keller administrators agreed with the decision, which Travis made in conjunction with a school parents group, district spokesman Jason Meyer said. District policy states, in part: “The District shall take no action respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech.”

Principals must strive to remain neutral regarding religion, Meyer said.

“It’s not always easy to make everybody happy when we are making decisions,” he said. He said Travis was unavailable for comment Friday.

At the end of the day, this is a perfect illustration of why we have separation of church and state in the first place, and why “In God We Trust” on our money is blatantly unconstitutional and problematic. If the phrase wasn’t there, there’d be no conflict – the image of the coin could be used freely by the school without excluding anyone who might disagree with the phrase.

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