Florida activist donates 'In God We Trust' signs written in Arabic to Texas schools

The campaign is meant to mock a controversial new Texas law requiring schools to post 'In God We Trust' posters if they're donated.

Chaz Stevens, an advocate for the separation of church and state, has already ordered 50 signs similar to the one above to donate to public schools in Texas. - Twitter / Chaz Stevens
Twitter / Chaz Stevens
Chaz Stevens, an advocate for the separation of church and state, has already ordered 50 signs similar to the one above to donate to public schools in Texas.
A Florida activist wants to mess with Texas and SB 797, the state's controversial new law requiring schools to display do nated “In God We Trust” posters.

Chaz Stevens, an advocate for the separation of church and state, is donating signs to Lone Star State public schools with "In God We Trust" written in Arabic. Best known for erecting Festivus poles in the Florida State Capitol to counter nativity scenes, Stevens' poster campaign is intended to tweak Texas' Republican leaders for requiring public schools to display posters emblazoned with the motto.
According to S.B. 797, the posters must have the phrase "In God We Trust" accompanied by an American flag directly underneath the words in the center of the sign. A Texas flag must also appear somewhere on the banner, and the posters must be donated by outside organizations not receiving tax-dollar funding.

However, the law doesn't specify the language the motto must be printed in, Stevens argues.

According to a blog posted on OnlySky Media, Stevens has already placed orders for 50 signs written in Arabic and has contacted Carroll Senior High School in the North Texas suburb of Southlake about donating one of the signs to the school.

Several Carroll ISD schools received posters donated by Patriot Mobile, a Christian conservative wireless phone provider, last week, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Those interested in joining Stevens' crusade against S.B. 797 can donate to his GoFundMe dubbed "Messing with Texas." It's raised $8,560 since Monday.

"Democracy is under attack, and the first step towards restoring it is simple — we need you," the GoFundMe says.

This story was first published at our sister publication San Antonio Current.
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