The town of Walnut Cove has been asked to consider placing the U.S. Motto “In God We Trust” on the town hall.
U.S. Motto Action Committee representative Rev. Mark Smith asked the town commissioner last week to consider several options for placing the motto above the town hall building.
“We formed the U.S. Motto Action Committee to promote patriotism in our country again,” he said. “We are convinced that displaying the motto gives ceremonial honor and expresses confidence in our society.”
He said if the town chooses to place the motto on town hall, his organization will pay for the installation. He noted that the county recently entered into a similar agreement to have the motto placed on the county courthouse.
“One hundred percent of the cost for this comes from private donations,” said Smith. “Most of the money comes from local churches. We are having an overwhelming success with the counties and cities that have voted for this.”
Smith said currently 62 towns and counties in North Carolina had agreed to have the motto placed on a public building.
He added that his organization planned to also make similar offerings to the town of Danbury and the city of King.
When the county was considering placing the motto on the courthouse in the spring, several speakers asked the county to consider placing “In Reason We Trust” on the building instead.
Steven Hewett, who recently won a lawsuit, through settlement, demanding the City of King remove a Christian flag and statue with a cross from the King Veteran’s Memorial, had argued that by accepting an offer from the U.S. Motto Committee to put “In God We Trust” on the courthouse the county had created a public forum which should allow mottoes that would be inclusive to all faiths.
At last week’s Walnut Cove meeting, one resident spoke in favor of the proposal.
“It is our heritage,” said Ramona Timm. “It is something we should not be ashamed of. The fingerprints of God are all over this country. If we do not acknowledge him publicly, what would that say to our community. We are moving away from God and that is not the right direction we should take. We should not be ashamed to acknowledge him in public.”
The Walnut Cove commissioners took no action on the proposal and did not discuss it at all after hearing Smith’s proposal.
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.