Status message

Operating in maintenance mode.

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.

Photo: Michael Rivera, News Works

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

Tell Us What You Think

More News Stories

A group of friends on an animal preserve came across a baby elephant. One man sat down and the elephant took an instant liking to him. Next thing...

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has “already done damage” to U.S. relations with other countries, former Secretary of State Madeleine...

A man who allegedly murdered his girlfriend claims she accidentally choked to death while performing oral sex.

Richard Henry Patterson,...

Recently, Leila Abdelrazaq, 23, and two accomplices Gabriel Schivone, 31, and Leslie Mcafee, 28, were detained on Dec. 2 at the Mexican-Arizona...

The reaction to last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris will sweep Donald Trump into the White House, according to Ann Coulter.

The...

Latest News Stories

President Donald Trump has ratcheted up his war of words with the National Football League, but it remains a one-sided affair. The commander-in-...

Talk show personality Kathy Lee Gifford says that after the respective scandals broke, she personally reached out to Bill Cosby and Harvey...

Republican White House hopeful Ted Cruz said Tuesday that the surveillance of mosques in the United States is necessary to thwart terrorist plots...

Ben Carson was forced to defend his views on homosexuality during the third Republican presidential debate.

Co-moderator Carl Quintanilla...

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is criticizing a Texas grand jury for filing charges against a pair of anti-abortion activists,...