A school board in Michigan has voted to place the motto “In God We Trust” back on a sign outside an elementary school after it had been covered up.
The motto “In God We Trust” was painted on a sign outside of Pine River Elementary School in LeRoy, Mich., but was removed after complaints from members of the community, according to 9&10 News.
"I've received probably close to 70 e-mails and a number of e-mails from across the country supporting various positions, and so it's been challenging," Jim Peterson, the President of the Pine River Area Schools Board of Education said.
The artist who made the sign put the motto in the corner and Jim Ganger, the school's superintendent, said the phrase is part of the artist’s trademark, and noted that he’s used it in many pieces, UpNorthLive.com reported.
“He didn't do it to promote or inhibit religion in any way,” Ganger stated. “It's just part of his work. It was totally innocent.”
After receiving complaints about the motto on the sign, the school’s attorney was contacted for legal counsel. The attorneys reportedly recommended covering the phrase and the school then asked the artist to fill in the design, which caused more complaints from the other side as to why it was removed.
After hearing from those on both sides of the issue, the board voted 7-0 in favor of the motto returning to the sign.
It’s not known when the motto will be painted back on the sign.