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'In God We Trust': NC County Takes Bold Step


One North Carolina county is putting signs that say "In God We Trust" on their county buildings.

The commissioners of McDowell County voted unanimously for the move, deciding that if the phrase is acceptable on U.S. money then it's also okay for public buildings.

"We just want to reaffirm what our founding forefathers affirmed, that 'In God We Trust,'" said David Walker, chairman of the McDowell County Board of Commissioners.

"I think we're on pretty solid ground here with the court cases and the rulings that the court has already given out," he said.

Reactions are mixed, but there's a lot of public support for posting the national motto on the county buildings.

"I love it. You can put it on any and every building in town if you'd like to because that's who I trust, the Lord," said business owner Douglas Williams.

Resident Bernice Masiello doesn't like the idea.

"There's supposed to be a separation of church and state. I don't think it should be put on a public building," she said.

"In God We Trust" became America's national motto in 1956.

The money for McDowell County's "In God We Trust" signs will come from donations instead of taxpayers.

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