Council Member Justin Burnett is pushing for a change in the city motto to In God We Trust and to have it posted on the wall directly below the city sign.
“It establishes a sense of patriotism. I believe it acknowledges the history we have, the culture we have, especially because these things are coming under attack nationwide; the national anthem, all of those have joint significance,”
Not all of the members are in favor. Jan Fisk says she is opposed to it.
“I do not discriminate and I do not exclude and I make decisions every council meeting that effects all citizens those that have a faith and those that don’t and feel that in god we trust excludes those that don’t have a faith?
Mayor Bob Stephens said that he would be in favor of E Pluribus Unum.
First of all, I think we have more important things to worry about than a sign placed in Council Chambers — chambers that are due to be remodeled in the near future,” he said. “But, if a motto is Council’s wish, I would certainly support (E Pluribus Unum) — the original motto from our Founding Fathers and one in which we do not exclude segments of our constituencies.
I wonder where he got that idea? Stephens had referenced an outside organization had contacted the council about E Pluribus Unum. I can only assume he meant us since we are the only ones that I know of doing this kind of work.
The meeting is set for June 22nd. I keep up with this as thing develop.
The Springfield News-Leader is conducting a poll to see how the public feels about this. Hop on over and let them know.