This is a movement of sorts being pushed by a right wing group as kind of a push back against the ACLU suits and all to promote a slogan adopted by Congress at the peak of McCarthyism, and it’s been passed in municipalities across the country. I think there was a push in Fortuna a few years back, but I don’t remember the outcome. It’s kind of a stupid thing, and really to introduce right before an election in which the Republican Party has been trying to downplay it’s social issue positions.
Rex will vote yes, Mark will vote no, and the rest of the Board are put into a difficult position and I suspect privately would love to throttle Rex about now. I suspect that both Virginia and Ryan are relieved they aren’t in an election campaign. This would put them on the spot.
In 1956, the nation was at a particularly tense time in the Cold War, and the United States wanted to distinguish itself from the Soviet Union, which promoted state atheism. As a result, the 84th Congress passed a joint resolution “declaring IN GOD WE TRUST the national motto of the United States.” The law was signed by President Eisenhower on July 30, 1956, and the motto was progressively added to paper money over a period from 1957 to 1966. (Public Law 84-851) The United States Code at 36 U.S.C. § 302, now states: “‘In God we trust’ is the national motto.”
It was passed two years following the official introduction of “under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance, in which the legislative history of the act indicates that it was passed to “acknowledge the dependence of our people and our Government upon … the Creator … [and] deny the atheistic and materialistic concept of communism.”
Oh, but the courts later decided it had not been passed for a religious purpose. And if you believe the “In God We Trust” people, it’s about patriotism, not God.
Yeah, this is what I want county government focusing on. Really makes me want to run out and vote for Measure Z.
And, hey, soon we can see it on an electronic billboard!
Addendum: Ryan Burns has much more information and history, including a threat of lawsuit should the Board pass this thing. Prop Z anyone? Let’s keep our priorities right!
Second addendum: “God Resolution is Dead.”
I’m betting that two or three fellow supervisors were all over Rex’s ass on this one.