City council votes not to allow ‘in God we trust’ in chambers; God had other plans

The Lord works in mysterious ways.

Less than two months after the city council of Venice, Fla., turned down a resident’s request to display a plaque bearing the words “in God we trust” in the council chambers, it turns out the phrase has been there all along — on the Florida State flag.

The April 28 vote against the plaque came after a lengthy discussion pitting religious supporters against those who argued the phrase would offend humanists, atheists, Wiccans, Buddhists or other non-traditional faiths, according to the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

The vote was 5-2 against the plaque, but the point was moot, given that the words already exist in the chambers.

From WWSB:

The flag has always been there in the chamber. It’s just been displayed on a flag pole. A couple weeks after the plaque was voted down, Councilwoman Jeanette Gates asked for the flag to be hung differently. She told us today, it was meant to honor flag day.

“I think it’s quite prejudicial. I think it ignores a number of people’s feelings,” said Hagen.

Hagen is the founder of the local humanists society.

“You’re not respecting everybody and to really be a true American I think you should respect all beliefs,” said Hagen.

The phrase was adopted in 1868 as part of the state seal and made the official motto of Florida in 2006.

“It’s not divisive as far as I’m concerned at all. I think it should be there,” said Ken Bourcher.

Venice Mayor John Holic says the flag isn’t going anywhere.

“It is displayed correctly. It is the state of Florida flag those are the words on the seal of the great state of Florida.”

At the last council meeting there was consensus among the council members that they like the new position of the flags. We are told the flags are going to stay in their current position for the foreseeable future.


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