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Debate ensues over “In God We Trust”

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 9:33 am

David Niose Legal Director of the American Humanist Association

David Niose Legal Director of the American Humanist Association

A battle over the motto “In God We Trust,” is playing out in Richmond County.

Richmond County District 2 Supervisor Jean Harper is looking to have the United States national motto displayed prominently in Richmond County buildings.

Harper was contacted by a representative of a non-profit organization called “In God We Trust,” where she later brought it before the September Board of Supervisors meeting.

David Niose is the legal director for the American Humanist Association based out of Washington D.C. said he is familiar with the ‘In God we trust organization’ and finds their message problematic.

“We would certainly oppose that type of activity,” said Niose. “It’s plain from the wording “In God We Trust” that the language is highly religious and it promotes a religious worldview.”

Niose said that this type of message is divisive and inappropriate, as not all citizens believe in a theistic worldview.

The stated mission of In God We Trust is to promote patriotism by encouraging elected officials to legally and prominently display the congressionally approved national motto in every city hall, county chamber and state capitol in America…

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