Chesapeake City Hall may soon be adorned with “In God We Trust” after a councilwoman made the proposal to be considered next week by the council. More from the Pilot:
Councilwoman Suzy Kelly has asked the council to consider the addition at its meeting next week.
If the proposal passes, the city will “express its intent to display this patriotic motto in the City Council Chambers or elsewhere in City Hall as a way to solemnize public occasions and express confidence in divine guidance,” according to the agenda.
Kelly said her request comes from a Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation initiative asking governments to adopt and reaffirm the national motto.
Many cities and towns across America have been trending away from using this or any religious type slogan for fear of offending those who are non-religious, even though the phrase is on our currency and has been a staple on government buildings for decades.
A North Carolina town was the most recent to vote against using the motto using that very reasoning, claiming anyone with “secular or non-Christian beliefs” would be excluded.