Florida Town Votes Unanimously to Use 'Religious' Slogan

At a Live Oak, Florida City Council Meeting, a vote was made to add "In God We Trust" to the city's seal. Councilman John Yulee Sr. believes the term is critical to the community and should be reflected in the seal. In addition, at the start of every council meeting, those who attend are asked to say the Pledge of Allegiance, which includes the term “under God.” According to City Clerk John W. Gill, the decision to place the motto on the seal was agreed upon unanimously.

Moreover, Gill said that Mayor Garth Nobles is working to decide where the motto will be displayed on the seal. There is not currently a timeline for the completion of the new seal. Yulee had originally asked for the item to be discussed after wondering why the motto was not on the seal already. The city seal currently reads “City of Live Oak Florida – Heart of the Suwanee River Valley.” “In God We Trust” is also the motto of the state of Florida. The phrase became the official motto of the United States in 1956 under President Dwight Eisenhower, but it had first appeared on coins in 1864. The phrase’s designation as the national motto and its placement on money came at the height of the Cold War, and near the end of the second Red Scare, roughly 1947-1957, when Americans had an increased fear of communists.

The motto was challenged by a lawsuit in 1970, but the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that “It is quite obvious that the national motto and the slogan on coinage and currency ‘In God We Trust’ has nothing whatsoever to do with the establishment of religion.” The Supreme Court also held that the government’s recognition of God is not unconstitutional.

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The Supreme Court has ruled it is okay for governments to use the national motto.

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