Religion

Washington Residents Say 'In God We Trust' Proposal Violates Their 'Freedom From Religion'

| by Ethan Brown
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Several anti-religious groups are organizing a protest in Clark County, Washington, where city counselors have created a proposal to showcase the words “In God We Trust” inside the county’s main meeting room.

The counselors were set to meet on the proposal this morning at 10 a.m.  Protesters were scheduled to arrive an hour earlier.

One of the more vocal protesters who also assisted in organizing the protesting activities, Karen Hengerer, stated, “We just felt that it was important to push back on that.”  Hengerer believes the proposal is attacking her religious freedom or, as she describes it, “freedom from religion.”

“In God We Trust” has been the country’s national motto since 1956.  According to the United States Treasury, the motto “was placed on United States coins largely because of the increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War.”

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However, there are organizations that are advocating for the change. In God We Trust-America, Inc. has been encouraging council members all around the state to put the phrase in their public buildings. Their mission “is to keep God’s name in America, and acknowledge and affirm the role that faith in God plays in the public lives of the citizens in this country, and in the core values of our nation.”

Washington was just voted one of the top 10 most liberal states in the country, due to its positions on same-sex marriage, anti-religious views, and use of assisted suicide. 

Sources: Columbian.com, treasury.gov, gallup.com

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