FOX NEWS, FEBRUARY 2018, FEAT. PROF. DEREK BLACK:
The bill could reach the state’s House Education and Public Works Committee as early as March, but even if it passes, federal courts could intervene.
Legal experts say the proposed legislation may have a difficult time standing up in court.
“Here, the purpose seems to be a religious purpose, and anytime there’s a religious purpose in passing legislation, the courts are going to strike it down,” said Derek W. Black, a law professor at the University of South Carolina.
Black acknowledged the Supreme Court ruling in favor of “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency but says the defense of “ceremonial deism” – in other words, the motto’s longstanding nature – makes it more about tradition than religion and will not protect new developments incorporating the phrase.