In God We Trust to be discussed in Springfield Missouri

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.


Burnett states

“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.

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.