Motto vote draws fire

(KING) Washington’s Pierce County Council chambers will soon display the national motto “In God We Trust.”

The controversial resolution to make the Pierce County Council chambers the first public place in Washington to display “In God We Trust” was approved by the council Tuesday night.

Supported by Councilman Jim McCune, the resolution asks to place the “inspiring slogan” with words that are “a profound source of strength and guidance” prominently in the chambers.

“‘In God We Trust’ is universal,” McCune said after the 4-3 vote, “It’s a statement used all over the world. It’s not alienating anybody out.”

Tuesday’s council meeting featured a lively debate over the place of the motto in a government setting, given it’s reference to God.

Council members Connie Ladenburg and Rick Talbert introduced several late amendments they admitted were designed to showcase the “absurdity” of the discussion. They failed.

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