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Clark County Officials: 'In God We Trust' Will Be The Only Plaque In Hearing Room

| by Kendal Mitchell
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Washington county council members are currently looking at different designs for a controversial plaque.

After hours of debate, Clark County council members voted in favor last month to add a plaque that reads, "In God we trust," to the public hearing chamber wall.

Acting Clark County manager Mark McCauley said officials plan to design the plaque in a similar style as the Clark County motto currently in the council’s chamber, The Columbian reports. While the sign’s precise still is undecided, McCauley said he thinks the sign will go up in a month. 

McCauley reportedly added that the council would not accept suggestions about other potential signs to hang alongside the "In God we trust" plaque.

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Another group pushed for a proposal that would allow different plaques to share the wall with the "In God we trust" sign.

Earlier this month, the Satanic Temple of Seattle said they planned to ask the council to add a plaque reading, "E Pluribus Unum" to the council’s public hearing chamber.

The phrase, which translates to "Out of many, one," is on the Great Seal of the United States and served as the nation’s unofficial motto until 1956 when Congress approved "In God we trust."

Despite the council’s unreceptive attitude towards the new proposal, members from the Satanic Temple of Seattle said they plan to move forward with their plan.

"Clearly, we are not welcome and they have no intention of accepting our proposal, but we're going to go ahead and do it, anyway," Lillith Star, head of Seattle’s Satanic Temple branch, told The Columbian.

While Clark County officials said they would most likely not hang both plaques in the public hearing room, council members in another Washington county decided to incorporate the two signs in their chambers.

After voting on the issue in July, the Pierce County Council voted to have both signs, "In God we trust" and "E Pluribus Unum," in their council chamber. The plaques were hung in January with little controversy. 

Sources: The Columbian / Photo Credit: WikiMedia Commons