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Pender Co. leaders add 'In God We Trust' to chamber wall

Posted January 7, 2015
Updated January 9, 2015

— The Board of Commissioners in Pender County unanimously voted Monday on a measure that would add the U.S. motto "In God We Trust" above the county seal in the board's meeting hall.

The 5-0 move comes as part of a nationwide initiative called In God We Trust ~ America to legally display the maxim in every municipal chamber and state capitol across the country.

More than 400 cities and counties have done so since the Bakersfield, Calif.-based nonprofit was founded in 2004, according to its website.

Commissioner George Brown, of Pender County's 3rd District, said Wednesday that he was approached with the idea last month.

"It's something I brought to our board, just to see how they would feel about it," Brown said. "(I) was very happy with the support I got from our board members."

Brass letters spelling the phrase will soon be added to the wall in the commissioners' chamber.

"God is recognized and referenced in our state constitution. It's on our money; it's in our Pledge of Allegiance. It's all around us," Brown said. "We have that right to acknowledge our Creator. I just believe it was time that we did just that."

County residents appear to support the move as well. Brown said commissioners received no resistance on the matter, and the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina said Wednesday that it has received no complaints.

"I think it's great, because that's the only person I trust – God," said Paxton Lee, a barber in Burgaw. "I believe in God and always will, so I think it was a good thing to do."

"Everybody's entitled to their own decision, and I think this is a good decision," said Burgaw resident Marenza Armstrong.

According to the In God We Trust ~ America's website, Lee County is the only other county in North Carolina to approve a measure placing the motto above its county seal. That happened in November.


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  • baldchip Jan 8, 2015

    Good!! It's true for MOST of us.

  • 678devilish Jan 8, 2015

    That is a good thing. Its keeping the Lord in all things. God too.

  • Grand Union Jan 8, 2015

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    I made no such assumption, The Constituition is not subject to the opinion of any majority anywhere, other than that of the Supreme Court of The United States and certainly not the majority of opinion in Pender County.
    As for me never seeing the slogan on the wall.......lets hope so, who wants to go to anyplace that backward? But others will perhaps be less lucky. The Constituition is protect all Citizens, not just those of the popular religion of the time and place.

  • Danielle White Jan 8, 2015
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    To be clear, it did appear on some currency as early as soon after the US Civil War, but it was the 1950s when it was added by an act of Congress to all currency (54 for coins, I believe, and 57 for paper currency - cost-saving measure due to a BEP printing technology change that was imminent in 54.) It was also added to the Pledge of Allegiance at that time; the author, a Baptist minister, had neither included that phrase nor the name "United States of America" in the original pledge, and he had opposed the addition of "United States of America" when that was added decades earlier.

  • keith14 Jan 8, 2015

    Our Founders adopted the motto, "E Pluribus Unum". McCarthyites in the 50s, running scared of the commies, changed it to "In God we trust." Today, decades after the Cold War ended, these elected officials are still afraid of our Founders' vision. Why be deliberately divisive? Doesn't this county have any important issues to deal with?

  • ptandu Jan 8, 2015

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    I'm Christian, so it doesn't bother me that they are putting it up, but even if I wasn't, I'd rather concentrate on worrying about more important things like jobs, economy, etc...not about a plaque in a courtroom I'll never see.

  • Olenc Native Jan 8, 2015
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    Pender County - You just earned yourself a lawsuit. Congratulations.

  • Travis Upchurch Jan 8, 2015
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    LOL, all you would like, there's nothing oppressing about, one nation under god, or being Christian, its like a tv program you don't enjoy, don't look at it!!! you don't have to stop those who do respect it from enjoying these things.

  • Grand Union Jan 8, 2015

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    I worry about people be put apon even if I don't live next to them.........
    It doesn't matter if 99.999% of people in pender think this is the best idea since sliced bread,
    its still unconstituiitional.
    Can you not put yourself in the position of anyone who is not your brand of Christian? Or is it you simply don't care.......if thats the case I think you better hope there is no hell.....

  • Teresa Engel Jan 8, 2015
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    Good. Because that's where all my friends will be anyway. And I wouldn't want to spend eternity with a bunch of.... Wait a minute. If this post was meant to frighten this "dis-believer", it would only do so if I were a "believer". But, since I am not, I am not frightened of you or anyone else of your ilk.