Denver Public Buildings Required to Post "In God We Trust" Plaques

February 20, 2003

Source: The Denver Post

On February 20, 2003 The Denver Post reported that "a bill requiring public buildings in the state, including  classrooms, to post donated plaques bearing the national motto 'In  God we trust' passed the House on Wednesday morning by a vote of  36-28... Several Democratic lawmakers, including Rep. Fran Coleman of  Denver, spoke out against the bill, saying it violates the  country's founding principles... 'I absolutely believe in the separation of church and state,' she  said. 'It's the very thing our country was founded on. Now we're  trying to impose certain beliefs. I think that is wrong...' Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, said the national motto is an  inoffensive - and already ubiquitous - part of the national  dialogue... House Bill 1128, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Stafford, R-Aurora, would  not require state agencies to purchase plaques because the expense  of doing so in an already tight fiscal year would have made the  proposal a political loser... But the bill does require state agencies, including schools, to  post plaques that are donated by the private sector. Backers of the  measure expect a flood of donated plaques."