News Releases

« Go Back

Griffin Responds to Letter from American Atheists Society

September 08, 2017

LITTLE ROCK – Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin responded today to threats of legal action by the American Atheists Society against Arkansas school districts that comply with Act 911 by posting framed copies of the phrase "In God We Trust" in Arkansas public school classrooms.

"The phrase 'In God We Trust' is part of our history and heritage, and it is a value Arkansans hold dear. Furthermore, federal courts have affirmed the constitutionality of the use of 'In God We Trust' and 'God' in a variety of contexts."

The American Atheists Society sent letters to over 260 school superintendents in Arkansas threatening legal action if school districts comply with Act 911. 

About Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 20 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Lieutenant Colonel Griffin is currently pursuing a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.

###

News Archives