Action Alert

Oppose display of “In God We Trust” in Pierce County Council Chambers

The Pierce County Council (Tacoma area) is considering displaying "In God We Trust" in its council chambers at the County-City Government Building. The resolution proposed by councilman Jim McCune will be considered tonight by a subcommittee. It’s on the agenda for final vote at the public meeting on Tuesday, July 29. (Please show up before 3:00 P.M. to speak against this proposal, if you live in the area. See information below.) 

According to KIRO 7, when asked whether citizens who believe in another religion would still feel included in a place where this motto is displayed, Councilman McCune said, “I don’t see why not. If I go to another country, they have their statement, or their particular deity.” 

Our country was founded on entirely secular principles, and government has no business endorsing any “particular deity.” County council members are elected to represent all citizens, including those of us who do not believe in a monotheistic god or any gods. Both supporters and opponents of the proposal recognize that "In God We Trust" is a religious statement. The history of the motto "In God We Trust" evidences no secular purpose; on the contrary, the motto was first adopted in 1956 during the Cold War, as a reaction to the purported "godlessness" of communism. "E Pluribus Unum" [out of many, one] is the entirely secular original motto selected by a distinguished committee of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. 

TAKE ACTION 

Please attend the public meeting and voice your opposition against the proposal to add a religious public display to the County Council Chambers. 

When: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM 


Where: County-City Building, Council Chambers - Room 1045 (930 Tacoma Ave. S. Tacoma, WA 98402) 

If you can’t attend or live outside the area, please immediately contact members of the Pierce County Council via phone or email: 

Dan Roach, District 1 
 
253-798-3635 
 
Joyce McDonald, District 2 
 
253-798-6694 
 
Jim McCune, District 3 
 
253-798-6626 
 
Connie Ladenburg, District 4 
 
253-798-7590 
 
Rick Talbert, District 5 
 
253-798-6653 
 
Douglas Richardson, District 6 
 
253-798-3308 
 
Stan Flemming, District 7 
 
253-798-6654 

TALKING POINTS 

If you live in Pierce County, please be sure to indicate you’re a local citizen. 

(Use your own words or feel free to copy the language below.) 

I strongly oppose the proposal to post a public display of the words “In God We Trust” in the Pierce County Council Chambers. The phrase is not representative of all Pierce County residents. In fact, the Pew Research Center reports that nearly 20% of adult Americans and one in three young adults are now nonreligious. According to the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey, 25% of Washington adults are nonbelievers. To be accurate, the phrase would have to say, ‘In God Some of Us Trust,’ and wouldn’t that be silly? “In God We Trust” is a johnny-come-lately motto that was not adopted until 1956 during the Cold War. Our nation’s first and original motto, “E Pluribus Unum” (From many, [come] one) was chosen by a distinguished committee of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, celebrates diversity, and excludes no citizen. Why not display this historic motto instead? 

County Council members are elected to represent all citizens, including those of us who do not believe in a monotheistic god or any gods. Please reject this divisive and religiously exclusionary proposal. 

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