“In God We Trust” debate heats up, sign set to go up

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The heated debate continues over the national motto “In God We Trust” being displayed in Government Plaza in Downtown Mobile.

The Mobile County Commission approved a resolution 2 to 1 in June to display the motto. However, that doesn’t mean the conversation is over.

Several Mobile County residents voiced their opinions, both for and against the measure, again during the Mobile County Commission meeting, Thursday August 7.

One man, representing Mobile’s atheist community, shared his views at the podium.

“We are not anti-religion. We are not anti-Christian. We just don’t believe that these stories are factual and reliable sources of information. It’s perfectly fine that other people choose to believe otherwise. We don’t care. We don’t bother you,” he said.

Some say the statement is already a part of the American way.

“This is our national motto. It’s a foundation for America. It’s what America stands for,” said John Butler, one of the main supporters of the display.

“‘In God We Trust’ is the general statement of the mass belief of our county,” said another supporter.

Some residents are wondering what are the repercussions of the move?

“I believe some of those people want to come to you ask for permission and get that denial of permission so they can turn around and sue you and taxpayers of Mobile County because you won’t give them that permission,” said a Mobile County resident.

Merceria Ludgood is the only commissioner who voted against the measure. She says she’s a devout Christian but the government should stay out it. But, she says, it’s too late for that.

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