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A bill that would allow the national motto -- "In God We Trust" -- to be displayed in Minnesota schools was challenged last week by two Democratic state senators.

Sen. Scott Dibble and Sen. John Marty voiced their opposition to the phrase on the State Senate floor.

"I'm wondering if Sen. [Dan] Hall would feel the same if students walked in and instead of the word 'God' the word 'Allah' -- which is the word for God in the Muslim religion -- welcomes students to their schools," Dibble said.

"The money in my wallet has to say 'In God We Trust.' I think that's offensive," Marty added.

Sen. Dan Hall (R), who authored the bill, said on "Fox & Friends" Sunday that he didn't anticipate the reaction his bill received from Democrats.

"I just figured the opposition would be really short," he said. "When I started hearing more and more of this I thought, really? They don't want it that much in their schools?"

The display -- a poster with the motto -- would be paid for through private funds, according to CBS Minnesota.

"My whole premise was, how about bringing respect back in the schools? We've lost a lot of respect for those things in life that we should be respecting," Hall said.

Hall said that the mention of God in schools is presently controversial for the left because of an "anti-faith movement" in the country.

"I only assume that if you take those things out of government, if you take the things that are respectful out, you're going to put in something different," he said.

"We need to bring respect back to our country."

Watch the CBS Minnesota report below.

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