Live Oak City, Florida, is considering adding the phrase “In God We Trust” to their city seal.
The city seal currently reads “City of Live Oak Florida – Heart of the Suwanee River Valley,” however a meeting has been scheduled to discuss whether or not to add “In God We Trust”
Councilman John Yulee Sr. requested that the change be discussed at the meeting. He decided to bring up the prospect of adding the quote after wondering why the term was not there already.
During Council meetings, those who decide to attend are asked to say the Pledge of Allegiance which includes the term ”under God,” Yulee says.
Suwanee County, home of Live Oak, already has “In God We Trust” on the county seal, Yulee pointed out, WTXL reports.
“In God We Trust” is also the motto of the state of Florida.
“In God We Trust” became the official motto of the United States in 1956 under President Dwight Eisenhower, but it had first appeared on coins in 1864.
Secularists and advocates for the separation of church and state, as mandated by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States constitution, have questioned the constitutionality of the motto.
The motto was challenged by a lawsuit in 1970, but the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that “It is quite obvious that the national motto and the slogan on coinage and currency ‘In God We Trust’ has nothing whatsoever to do with the establishment of religion.”
The Supreme Court also held that the government’s recognition of God is not unconstitutional.
Some say the term is patriotic and not religious. Whatever the reason, Yulee thinks the term is important to the community and that the motto should be reflected on the seal.
According to the city’s agenda, the council will not do anything besides discuss the topic at the meeting. However, it is possible that they will hold a vote later in the night.
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