'In God We Trust': N.C. County Officials To Vote On Controversial Sign Proposal

| by Kendal Mitchell
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County commissioners in North Carolina plan to vote on a measure that would allow officials to place the U.S. motto on the front of a government building.

Last month, the Davidson County Board of Commissioners listened to a proposal, given by the U.S. Motto Action Committee, allowing the county to inscribe the phrase, ‘In God We Trust,’ onto the exterior of the Ronald Reagan Building in Danbury, North Carolina.

Commissioners in favor of the measure said the inscription would show the community that it makes its decision based on their long lasting implications, The Stokes News reports.

“You have the opportunity to make a difference here,” Commissioner Fred McClure, who also serves on the U.S. Motto Action Committee, said at the commissioners meeting on March 23. “This is an opportunity for you to set the example morally.”

He added the public would not bear the cost of the installation.

“We have raised money from churches and individuals who felt it was important to move in this direction,“ McClure added.

Other counties across the country also voted in favor of displaying the national motto on government buildings.

Tennessee’s Roane County Commission approved a measure last summer that added the phrase to hang above the entrances of the county courthouse. After public debate with county commissioners, officials put the controversial plaques in place in late March.

McClure said he thinks some groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, will unsuccessfully try to fight against the proposal in court.

“We were told we would get sued and we were and they lost,” McClure said. “They appealed it and they lost. They took it to the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court would not hear it. Since then in all the cities and counties where we have been able to do this there has not been one lawsuit.”

The board will vote on the measure during its next meeting on April 13.

Sources: WBIR, The Stokes News / Photo Credit: WikiMedia Commons