By Pat Stacey
The Smith County Commissioners Court recently approved the placement of the motto "In God We Trust" in the county court chambers and it appears that other municipalities are following suit.
There is a national campaign called In God We Trust America that is promoting to City Councils, Commissioners Courts and other public groups to display the motto somewhere during their meetings. In most cases, private funds are solicited to cover the costs of creating the plaques or lettering. It is amazing to me that we would have any debate on this but it is out there.
The phrase – In God We Trust – has been our national motto for more than fifty years, it has appeared on some currency since the eighteen-sixties and it has appeared on all currency since 1983. But again, there is still debate as to whether it is appropriate for the courtroom or other public area.
We, as Americans, need to be reminded regularly that the acknowledgement of a Creator is not a state sponsored religion and that we need a spirit of reverence when we are in the settings where these displays will exist. So more local governments need to embrace this movement. It stirs the spiritual respect that unfortunately is missing in many today and it will make for a better East Texas.