‘In God we trust’ displays expand on government buildings throughout the Triad

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Government officials in Stokes, Randolph, Rockingham and Alamance counties have approved the mounting of the U.S. Motto on at least one government building.

On Thursday, “In God We Trust” was mounted at three Graham locations along West Elm Street in Alamance County: The Criminal Courts Building, Administration Building and the inside of the commissioners’ meeting room.

As of now, 33 counties and more than 20 cities in the state have agreed to allow the lettering after listening to a presentation by the U.S. Motto Action Committee. The group is trying to have the motto mounted all across the state.

The group has been working on their goal since 2002, after Davidson County commissioners approved the lettering on a government building and was taken to court by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The ACLU did not win their fight to prevent the lettering from being placed on government buildings. When asked about the motto group’s rising presence across the state, an ACLU representative said: “Government buildings should welcome all members of the community equally, not just those who share the majority religious view. People who practice a different religion, or no religion at all, should not be made to feel like outsiders when they enter their local courthouse or government office.”

A private company puts the lettering up and it’s funded through private donations. In Alamance County, Pastor Bill Gindlesperger of Lowe Memorial Baptist Church in Burlington helped to raise the $3,000 it took to get the lettering mounted on all three Graham locations.

Organizers with the U.S. Motto Action Committee say they are planning to approach county and city leaders in Guilford and Forysth counties, but believe it will be a tougher sell in “more metropolitan” areas. They hope to gain support from the neighboring counties and cities first.

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