Good news from North Carolina

Some good news came in this morning from North Carolina.  

Saluda has denied a request to add In God We Trust on the city council building.  According to the Tryon Daily Bulletin the council unanimously denied a request to add “In God We Trust” on its city hall and police department. 6 Residents spoke about the topic. All were opposed to the installation of the phrase.
Local Ellen Roger started the public comments,

As you well know the people of the United States and of Saluda are not made up of merely Christians. We are a far more spiritually diverse community of Atheists, Buddhists, Jews, Agnostics and Christians to name a few.

She then went on to suggest that the board consider placing E Pluriubus Unum on the windows instead,

E Pluribus Unum is the motto of the United States as our founding fathers intended… Let us not forget it. In contrast, the use of ‘In God We Trust’ has been extremely divisive. It intentionally leaves out an entire section of our population.

Another resident Betsy Burdett said she is a Christian and majored in religion in college but disagrees that the city should place the motto on its building. Burdett said our relationship with God is a personal relationship not a corporate relationship.

The commissioners weighed in against the use as well.  Commissioner Carolyn Ashburn said she wants Saluda to be inclusive and to welcome all people and she would vote no on placing the motto on the city building.

Saluda Mayor Fred Baisden said he agreed with Augusta Anderson, who said you don’t show your religion by putting words on a building.

“You show your religion by how you live,. I’m neutral on it. It doesn’t fit on the building.”

This request came from the North Carolina based U.S. Motto action committee, a group that pushes the use of the motto to

promote Christian heritage with hopes Americans would turn back to them.

This was a decisive win for the battle against the movement to add this phrase to public buildings.  Hopefully they are the beginning of a trend.

Robert Ray

Robert is the founder of The Original Motto Project. He is a avid secular activist that likes to dabble into small electronics in his spare time. He and his wife Amy co-host the Secular Yakking podcast. He lives in the Puget sound with his wife and 3 daughters.