On Monday June 8th, the Elkin City Council chose to delay a decision on the plaque until the next meeting in August.
Commissioner Terry Kennedy said that the arguments for litigation are unfounded based on case-law. Commissioner Skip Whitman Said the motto is patriotic comparable to displaying the flag.
Two letter from residents stating that citing the separation of church and state for reasons the sign should not be added were read by Commissioner Cicely McCulloch. Whitman responded with ““I keep hearing people say separation of church and state, but I just don’t see it. It’s just the word that’s been chosen: God. I thought of it as patriotic.”
Local opposition centered mainly around the idea that US Motto Action Committee was an outside group try to influence their town.
“Had this been something the town came forth to ask for I think it would be different.” Stated Jennifer White.
Others like resident Sam Bishop, voiced concern over the need to include others, “If we allow one group to put something up, what’s to stop another group from putting something up.”
We will be sending another letter to the board asking them to decline to put up the sign, but if they must to consider the inclusive motto of E Pluribus Unum.