'In God We Trust' to be added to local courthouse on Monday

9:39 PM, Jul 21, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR - Anderson County) Four words will soon be on display at the Anderson County Courthouse, 'In God We Trust'.

Heated debates have been happening for months over putting the words on the public building, but a decision has been made and Monday the words will appear on four signs hanging above the courthouse's doors. Those are the same doors many who find themselves in trouble walk through.

And while some say the signs are an inappropriate mixture of church and state, others are welcoming the plan.

Marvin Burum of Powell said, "I think it's a good thing. It should have already been there."

Cornelius Ferguson of Clinton said, "Maybe God can take those troubles away. They walk into that courthouse knowing they've done something wrong and they'll have an opportunity to have a change of heart."

In February, the Anderson County Commission approved the measure with a 12 to 4 vote. Some argued against the proposal, saying it crosses the church-state separation line.

Pastor William Caldwell, Jr. of Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Clinton said he hopes people will focus less on signage, and more on meaning.

"To me, it's not to be used for a symbol. It's got to be used for the purpose God intended. Just the writing on the wall is not going to make it happen. They have to believe it and have it in their hearts. If they don't have it in their hearts it won't mean a thing," Pastor Caldwell said.

Those in favor of the signs said it could be one step toward change in the county.

"This country was supposed to have been built on 'In God We Trust'. They have gotten away from it, but I think they're trying to come back to it," said Burum.

The 'In God We Trust' signs are scheduled to be installed Monday at 1:30 p.m. by Knoxville-based Island Home Granite and Signs.

Then, Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. there will be a ceremony inaugurating the new Anderson County Courthouse signs.

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