Officials in Saluda, NC Unanimously Vote Against Installing “In God We Trust” Sign in City Hall

There are a lot of city councils and government agencies putting the words “In God We Trust” anywhere they can. It’s to the point where it’s not even a story anymore.

But it is a story when city officials reject that idea unanimously, after hearing from local citizens who call the motto divisive. That’s what happened with the Board of Commissioners in Saluda, North Carolina:

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The Saluda Board of Commissioners met Monday, March 14 and unanimously denied a request to add “In God We Trust” on its city hall and police department. Before commissioners discussed the request, the board heard from six residents during public comment, all against including the words.

Resident Ellen Rogers was first to speak and said any motto with the word “God” shouts that Christianity is the law of the land.

“As you well know the people of the United States and of Saluda are not made up of merely Christians,” said Rogers. “We are a far more spiritually diverse community of Atheists, Buddhists, Jews, Agnostics and Christians to name a few.”

Commissioner Carolyn Ashburn said a motto action committee brought the request to Saluda and as part of their information, their purpose is to promote Christian heritage with hopes Americans would turn back to them.

Ashburn said she wants Saluda to be inclusive and to welcome all people and she would vote no on placing the motto on the city building.

She voted no and other commissioners followed. Good for all of them. The Christian motto has no business in government buildings that are supposed to be for all of us. At least the leaders in Saluda understand that.

(Image via Shutterstock. Thanks to Brian for the link)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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