SEAGOVILLE – The Seagoville City Council voted 5 to 0 recently to place the words “In God We Trust” on all City vehicles. Donations from local businessmen will reportedly be used to cover the cost of the project.
The phrase “In God We Trust” has been the national motto since 1956, and the words have been on U.S. currency for nearly 100 years.
The initiative started on Oct. 11 when a local woman went on social media and wrote, “I want to start a campaign to see how many citizens of Seagoville would be in favor of adding “In God we trust” to our police department and fire department vehicles.” She added that, “I will be taking the results of this poll into consideration to determine if I have enough support to present this to the City Manager and City Council.”
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While the majority of local residents responding online were in favor of the initiative, a few questioned the need to put religious beliefs on city vehicles.
“Why???” asked one local resident. “Why is the greatest question ever asked! I wish everyone trusted in God but they don’t and putting it on police vehicles isn’t going to change that. What it may do is get the city a lawsuit from some out of state lawyers saying it is violating somebody’s rights and costing us $$$ in lawyers fees!”
A local woman who opposed the idea had a question for Seagoville residents. “I’m going to play ‘devil’s advocate’ here and ask everyone to answer 1 question, HONESTLY. How many of you have anything with a religious connotation affixed to your personal vehicles?” She also asked respondents to “Answer HONESTLY please!”
The appearance of “In God We Trust” on U.S. money was challenged in the federal courts several years ago. It was rejected by the lower courts and the Supreme Court declined to review the case.
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