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‘In God we trust’

The Butler County Commissioners’ vote to hang a plaque in their meeting room with the inscription “In God We Trust” was the right and proper thing to do.
The inviolability of the phrase has been adjudicated in the courts and held to be constitutional. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in Aronow v. United States, ruled that there was no proselytization or endorsement of religion by the government.
I am flummoxed by the ambiguity attached to Commissioner Bill McCarrier’s yes vote to allow the plaque to hang in the room where the commissioners conduct business. McCarrier has indicated that he would not defend the plaque against a court challenge.
The so-called “wall of separation” between church and state has no bearing on the display of a plaque in a public forum inscribed with our national motto — “In God We Trust.”
The phrase first appeared on U.S. coins in 1864 during the Civil War. These four words are indissolubly linked with our nation’s history.
Our national motto, “In God We Trust,” must not be relegated to the dustbin of history by zealots, whose hallmarks are hate, bigotry and intolerance.

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Patsy Varano
Butler
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