CLINTON (WATE) - Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank and members of the community will present a proposal to the county commission Tuesday to put the motto, "In God We Trust," on the front of the Anderson County courthouse.
The motto, which already adorns the Putnam County courthouse, will either sit above the doors to the front entrance or across the top of the building.
"It's not specific to any denomination," Frank said. "It's a very ecumenical statement."
Director of Missions for the Clinton Baptist Association Tom Byrge plans to spearhead Tuesday's presentation, but he told 6 News his views do not reflect those of every member of the association.
"We're not asking the state to worship as we worship," Byrge said. "It is our nation's motto and that came from Congress, not from a church."
Frank said taxpayers will not cover the cost of the lettering, but it will instead be paid for through donations.
District 4 County Commissioner Timothy Isbell said his manufacturing and engineering company would provide the installation at no cost.
"Our United States Senate, our Congress, they have both reaffirmed 'In God we Trust' as our national motto," Frank said. "Why not put it up here?"
Frank argues the proposal is backed by three court cases in which judges ruled the motto is not a violation of the First Amendment.
"I think it ought to be on all public buildings," Lake City resident Billy Pebley said.
"It'd be very traditional," Clinton resident Joshua Hammons said. "I think it would show a strong structure of church."
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