AU Okla. Chapter Helps Public Schools Support E Pluribus Unum

When Oklahoma legislators passed a law encouraging display of America’s\n national mottoes in public schools, members of the Oklahoma Chapter of Americans\n United decided to go on the offensive.

Sooner State lawmakers passed House Bill 2477 in May. It allows schools to\n display “In God We Trust” and “E Pluribus Unum” posters\n and even mandates the size – 11-by-14-inches.

It’s no coincidence that the American Family Association (AFA), a Mississip­pi-based\n group founded by censorship advocate the Rev. Donald Wildmon, sells “In\n God We Trust” posters just that size. Wildmon’s AFA has been a\n driving force behind lobbying states to pass laws mandating that “In\n God We Trust” be displayed in schools.

In Oklahoma, a local group, Oklaho­mans for Patriotic Values, has offered\n to provide the AFA’s “In God We Trust” posters to public\n schools. Many school officials, however, have reported difficulties finding\n a source for “E Pluribus Unum” posters.

Enter the Oklahoma AU Chapter. The chapter printed hundreds of copies of\n an attractive, 11-by-14 poster that reads “E Pluribus Unum.” Below\n that it says, “Out Of Many…One” and “The original\n national motto included on the Great Seal of the United States of America proposed\n in 1776 and adopted in 1782.”

The motto and explanation are superimposed over an image of a flag. The poster\n includes the Great Seal of the United States and is accompanied by a fact sheet\n giving the origins of the motto.

Oklahoma chapter activists have been making the posters available to schools\n across the state at no charge. Writing in First Amendment Advocate,\n the chapter newsletter, Jim Huff, executive secretary of the chapter, observed, “The\n political and cultural value of the motto is worth posting and advocating in\n a classroom or an office. The secular aspects of the Original Motto are intentionally\n being overshadowed by the second motto.”

The poster can be viewed at the chapter’s website: www.auok.org.