Group proposes 'In God We Trust' on Anderson Co. courthouse

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A group is proposing the words "In God We Trust" be placed on the Anderson County courthouse.

Pastors from at least 50 churches in Anderson County have joined forces. They want to place the words "In God We Trust" on the Anderson County courthouse.

Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank said she is behind the idea.

"I think it's a great idea. It's our national motto. It's over our United States Senate chamber," Frank said.

Late last year the motto was installed on the Putnam County courthouse.

Shortly after, a man suggested to Clinton Baptist Association that the same be done in Anderson County.

"Some would say the church should not interfere with the government and I don't think we do. But we, too, our citizens, we get to vote," said Tom Byrge, director of missions for Clinton Baptist Association.

Byrge said it would not cost the county; funds would come from donations.

The motto would be seen either above a main entrance door or on the sides of the building.

"In God We Trust" has been the official motto of the U.S. since 1956.

"You think about our county budget. We handle $105 million, a little more than that a year. All of those dollar bills, with 'In God We Trust' on there. Why not? It's a good thing," Frank said.

Byrge believes church and state are separate.

"I appreciate a government that doesn't tell me how to worship, and I don't want to tell anyone else how to worship," he said.

A federal appeals court panel ruled "In God We Trust" was not in violation of the constitution's separation of church and state.

The county board of commissioners will listen to a presentation on the proposal on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the courthouse.

It is possible the board could vote on it that night.

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