GOP lawmaker proposes one year in jail for anyone replicating South Dakota state seal without reference to God

By Tom Boggioni

A South Dakota state representative will ask her colleagues to vote on a proposed law on Monday that will punish anyone replicating the state seal without its reference to God, and carries a possible fine and one year in jail.

As reported at the Friendly Atheist, Rep. Sue Peterson (R-Sioux Falls) has submitted House Bill 1102 that will, “… clarify certain provisions regarding the great seal of South Dakota and to establish a penalty for misrepresentation of the great seal.”

Specifically, Peterson is going after anyone who recreates the seal and drops the phrase, “Under God the people rule.”

Under the bill, failure to include the slogan would be classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000.

According to the report, Peterson’s bill enjoys bipartisan support with 86 Republicans and 13 Democrats signing on as co-sponsors.

Needless to say, the American Civil Liberties Union is keeping a close eye on possible passage of the bill.

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