A sign displaying the slogan ‘In God We Trust’ was unveiled on May 19 at the meeting of Miami-Dade County’s commissioners.
The displaying of the motto in the commission chamber came five months after commissioners approved a resolution backing the move.
"Displaying the national motto 'In God We Trust' recognizes the important role faith plays in our lives as citizens, and hopefully it will also serve to guide us in our decision making as lawmakers," commented Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, who sponsored the resolution, to Local 10 News. "I think it’s a time where we’re going through so much in our great country that I think it helped us as a community and as a county to have it there as a symbolic thing to always remember."
Diaz’s message was echoed by other commissioners at the time of the vote last November.
“We need all the help we can get,” remarked Commissioner Juan C. Zapata, as reported by the Miami Herald.
“(T)he motto ‘In God We Trust’ symbolizes the historic role of religion in our society, fosters patriotism, and expresses confidence in the future of our Nation, our State, and our County,” the approved resolution stated.
As in other counties across the country, the Miami-Dade decision produced dissenting voices.
“Whatever symbolic victory Commissioners feel they might secure by mandating that ‘In God We Trust’ be emblazoned above the dais may come at the cost of making some members of our community feel alienated and unwelcome by their own county government,” Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, said in a written statement released at the time of the vote.
‘In God We Trust’ has served as Florida’s official motto since 2006. Historically, President Eisenhower signed a law confirming it as the national motto in 1956, and congress reaffirmed it in 2011.