Pennsylvania County Council Votes Against Displaying ‘In God We Trust’ Motto

A county council in Pennsylvania has voted against a proposal to display the national motto, ‘In God We Trust,’ at the county courthouse. The Allegheny County Council voted 8-6 against the display on Tuesday, with all of those in opposition being Democrat. One Democrat voted in favor of the motto. The plaque bearing the national motto was also to have borne the state motto “Virtue, Liberty and Independence,” as well as one of the currency mottos, “E Pluribus Unum,” meaning, “Out of many, one.” Councilwoman Sue Means, an evangelical Christian, had proposed the display, and Councilman Ed Kress submitted an amendment that would include the two additional mottos. But the Madison-Wisconsin, based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) opposed the measure, and sent a letter to county council President John DeFazio in an effort to defeat the proposal.

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