A North Carolina county council voted to display the phrase, "In God we trust," on several government buildings in the area.
The Alamance County Board of Commissioners voted to add the national motto onto three government buildings, including the Alamance County Administration Building in Graham, the Criminal Courts Building and the County Commissioners meeting room.
Commissioners approved the measure after representatives from the U.S. Motto Action Committee, a group that raises private funds to purchase "In God We Trust" signs for government buildings, spoke to county leader about the proposal.
Commissioners in favor of the measure said they think the plaques remind commissioners of the importance of their civic duties.
“As you see Christians and people across the ocean being persecuted and killed for standing up for what they believe is right, and I think this tells we do need God,” said Commissioner Eddie Boswell.
“In times of war and peace, these words have been a profound source of strength and guidance to many generations of Americans,” U.S. Motto Action Committee Vice President Rick Lanier told Burlington Times News.
The signs will cost around $3,500, Lanier said.
Alamance county officials follow the lead of several other North Carolina counties that approved similar measures.
In 2002, Davidson county voted to add the national motto to the exterior of a government building.
The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the proposal in court. Lawyers from the group argued the signs violated the Establishment Clause in the Constitution. A district court and court of appeals ruled in favor of the county.
"There are some that say it's a religious thing," Fred McClure, secretary of U.S. Motto Action Committee, told WCNC. "We didn't approach it from that. We approached it because it's our national motto."
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