Controversial vote to add 'In God We Trust' to the Pierce County Council building

by: Kevin McCarty Updated:

Pierce County Council

Pierce County, Wash. - The Pierce County Council has approved a resolution to prominently display the phrase “In God we trust” in the council chambers- but not without making some changes. The council approved an amendment to include the Latin phrase "E pluribus unum," meaning out of many, one.

 The council voted 4 to 3 to approve the idea proposed by council member Jim McCune. McCune said the phrase was approved by Congress more than five decades ago as the national motto of the United States, replacing "E pluribus unum" and he wanted it displayed in the council chambers.

 The resolution sparked sometimes heated debate from opponents and supporters who debated with council members for more than two hours as they considered and rejected all amendments but the one adding the Latin phrase. Most of the speakers opposed displaying the phrase.

 McCune said he expects there could be a legal challenge to the phrase being displayed but said so far no one has there have been no threatened lawsuits.

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