Why an activist plans to send ‘In God We Trust’ signs in Arabic to Texas schools: NPR

Prototype of “In God We Trust” poster written in Arabic by Chaz Stevens.

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Prototype of “In God We Trust” poster written in Arabic by Chaz Stevens.

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There are those who heed the warning “don’t mess with Texas,” and then there are those who do the opposite.

Activist Chase Stevens The second is group.

He accepts the Texas law that requires public schools to show up Signs and posters bearing the national slogan “In God We Trust” in “conspicuous places”. The law requires that signs be donated or purchased from private donations to the school.

Resident Stevens In Florida and known His petitions to local governments, Heard A week ago he told Law and NPR that he was annoyed by the move to bring religion — in this case, Christianity — into schools.

“It doesn’t matter what god you believe in — it’s going to annoy you,” he said.

As far as he can tell, there is no compulsion to write the motto in English. Instead he decided to launch a fundraising campaign to send posters to schools across the state with the slogan written in Arabic.

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“They didn’t say anything about language,” Stevens said. “And as an artist, this is always forward-looking art for me. So I thought, well, I know what’s good … and then it occurred to me that Arabic is beautiful.”

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He said his aim with this campaign is the same as his previous efforts.

“It’s simple — it’s improving the hypocrisy itself, turning the bureaucracy against itself, identifying what the bureaucratic hypocrisy is,” Stevens said.

The Texas law was passed in the last legislative session

The law was passed last summer. At the time, there were more concerns about contagion than symptoms – only now more donations are being made, Texas Tribune reports.

Republican state Sen. Brian Hughes Written by Ra Chi Thu He shared updates as Groups have started making donations For different districts and schools.

The law requires that posters or signs be donated or “purchased from private donations” and must include the American flag and the Texas state flag. It will also be mentioned in the poster. It “may not depict any words, images or other information.”

Although the Act does not specify that English is the only language of display, Hughes responded to messages from Stevens’ campaign.

“Read the bill. The signature “in God we trust” may not “depict” the American flag, the Texas flag and other words or images. Hughes wrote. “Print what you want, but only these signs qualify under the law.”

Nevertheless, Stevens continues with his plan. Within a week, he was promoted Over $18,000 and intend to finance the purchase of signs.

Overall the response has been “overwhelmingly supportive,” he said A shout out to filmmaker Quentin Tarantino On Instagram.

Stevens expands the format to include more languages

Public opinion led Stevens to expand his design. He plans to add Spanish, Hindi and other languages. Stevens said he hires translators in each language to ensure he gets the translations right.

There’s still some design work to be done, but Stevens hopes his posters will start arriving in schools across Texas in the next two to three weeks.

Other Institutions — Others including the Yellow Rose Texas Republican Women’s Caucus and Patriot Mobile, which calls itself a Christian conservative wireless service provider, have donated posters printed in English. Schools outside of Houston as well as In the Dallas metropolitan area.

Stevens didn’t have a list of specific schools in mind, but said he aimed to send signs to politically liberal and conservative areas.

“If I send out 500 signs, I expect 98% of them won’t go up. That’s a win for me,” Stevens said. “Maybe two out of a hundred can climb a wall. I needed both. … It proves the point.”

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