Join Humanists of Washington, CFI Vancouver Skeptics, the Portland chapter of Freedom from Religion Foundation, Freethinkers of Portland State University, Americans United for Separation of Church and State–Columbia Chapter, and CFI–Portland in opposing Clark County Councilor Mielke’s proposal to “permanently and prominently display” the words “In God We Trust” in the Clark County Council Chambers. The proposal is nearly identical to the resolution that was proposed and eventually adopted in July 2014 by Pierce County Council.
The Clark County Board of County Councilors is considering a proposal to post “In God We Trust” in the county’s main public hearing room. The Board of Councilors will be making a decision on this issue at their February 10th meeting. We encourage anyone living in the area to attend the meeting and to speak out against Councilor Mielke’s proposal. Prior to the meeting, please join us for a rally in the plaza outside the County building.
Tuesday, February 10th:
9:00am –– Rally outside of County building
9:30am –– Head inside
10:00am –– Provide public comment
Mielke is collaborating with an out-of-state special interest group, In God We Trust-America, Inc., to direct County resources toward the pursuit of divisive politics. The move has been roundly criticized for being both out of touch and unnecessarily divisive.
In God We Trust-America, Inc. is a national outfit seeking to “acknowledge and affirm the role that faith in God plays in the public lives of the citizens in this country.”
By endorsing this message, Councilor Mielke is conveying to all those Clark County residents who do not worship the Judeo-Christian God that they are not full and equal members of the community—a notion that would be reinforced every time they entered the County Chambers to access their elected officials should this resolution pass.
It is the position of our sponsoring groups that Clark County Councilors should reject Mielke’s proposal, and would be wise to instead draw guidance from a more deeply rooted American motto: “E Pluribus Unum”. Latin for “out of many, one,” the phrase served as our national motto for 180 years until being revised in 1956 as a reaction to the purported “godlessness” of communism.
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