Polk County, North Carolina, has become the latest county in the state to agree to place an “In God We Trust” sign on its county building.
The vote in favor of the move took place at a recent commissioners meeting where the US Motto Action Committee delivered a presentation on its campaign to have signs displayed in counties across North Carolina.
“This is an invitation to join the growing list of cities and counties that are ‘voting yes’ to proudly and prominently displaying our national motto, In God We Trust, in and on their governmental buildings,” said Rick Lanier of the US Motto Action Committee, according to the Tryon Daily Bulletin.
According to Lanier, 36 counties and 19 municipalities in the state have thus far agreed to display the sign.
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“Displaying the motto gives ceremonial honor to public occasions and expresses confidence in our society,” Lanier added. “These words have been used on US currency since 1864. This inspiring slogan is engraved above the entrance of the US Senate Chamber as well as above the speaker’s seat in the US House of Representatives. On July 30, 1956, during the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration, the U.S. Congress adopted ‘In God We Trust’ as the official national motto of the United States of America. Thus, displaying our motto is a legal right, protected by the first amendment.”
The only note of concern sounded by Polk County Manager Marche Pittman related to the proposal to display the motto on the courthouse. Since this could affect the building’s historic designation, this plan has been put on hold.
However, the process is moving forward to put up two signs at the county building, one in the commissioners’ meeting room, and the other above the building’s front entrance.
“Now that the board has given approval, there will be groups reaching out to businesses and churches to invest in it,” Pittman added, according to GoUpState. “They will try and do some fundraising.”
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The US Motto Action Committee was established in December 2002.
In 2011, Congress reaffirmed “In God We Trust” as the national motto.