At Liberty Elementary School in Texas, the yearbook featured an enlarged nickel — with “In God We Trust” edited out. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports:
Janet Travis, principal of Liberty Elementary School in Colleyville, wanted to avoid offending students of different religions, a district spokesman said. Students were given stickers with the words that could be affixed to the book if they so chose.
. . . The nickel design features President Jefferson and the word Liberty in cursive, with the words “In God We Trust” along the right edge.
A parent who complained about the edited nickel “suggested that the school could have used a different symbol for liberty, such as the Liberty Bell or the Statue of Liberty, if it was concerned about giving offense,” reports the Star-Telegram. But the PTA president “said those symbols may not be acceptable to everyone, either.”
Here’s a news flash: Nothing is acceptable to everyone. Changing American traditions to avoid offense is offensive to traditionalists.