Officials in a Washington State county will not be seeing “In God We Trust” up in their meeting room any time soon.
Councilors in Clark County voted on a proposal to display the phrase “In God We Trust” in the commission meeting area. However, the proposal failed when Councilor Tom Mielke introduced the plan but no other councilor seconded it, according to local station KOIN 6.
Packing the room were many of the county’s citizens, some showing their support of the proposal, others decrying it.
“If these can bring hope to the majority of people in this nation, then why don’t we have it up here?” asked Josephine Wentzel.
To which opponent Jack Davis answered, “People who do put their trust in God certainly don’t need a sign to remind them,” resulting in an applause in the chamber.
Several of the country’s military veterans testified.
“I served in the Marine Corps, went to Vietnam, and I saw a lot of combat,” said former military Chaplain R. Brandon, “and if it weren’t for God I wouldn’t be here today.”
Many who testified were concerned about the separation of church and state.
“That motto does not represent me and all it does is slap me in the face,” said John Adams Bunn. “All it tells me is that I’m not welcome and I’m not an American.”
The phase has been steeped in controversy for many years now. First placed on U.S. coins during the Civil war, it was made the national motto in 1956 as an effort for the government to combat the atheistic views of the Soviet Union.
At the end of the day though, the proposal was denied and Mielke and his supporters were left disappointed by the outcome.
“I’m very disappointed because I think the way it was spun or twisted was untruthful,” he told reporters.
For now, the commission room will continue to display the official seal along with the worlds “Proud past, promising future.”
Source: KOIN 6 Photo Credit: KOIN 6, WikiCommons