An atheist group has threatened legal action against school districts across the state of Arkansas if they display the National Motto “In God We Trust” in compliance with a new state law. Arkansas Act 911, enacted in April, requires the display of the National Motto in public schools as a patriotic and historic display “if funds are available.” Bentonville Public School District has already announced that it intends to become the first school district in the state to post displays in compliance with the law.

But the American Atheists, founded by the late Madalyn Murray O’Hair, has issued a letter to more than 260 superintendents across the state, claiming the display is unconstitutional. The atheists are threatening to file suit in federal court if any school district complies with the new law. READ MORE