Trinity County supervisors last week voted 4-1 in support of a resolution to display the national motto “In God We Trust” from a prominent location in the public meeting room they convene in at the Trinity County library in Weaverville. The lettering size, timeframe and exact placement are yet to be determined.

The item was placed by board chair, Sup. Bobbi Chadwick, on the board’s consent agenda for routine, non-controversial matters to be acted upon with one roll call vote, but it was pulled for discussion by Sup. Keith Groves.

“I don’t find this non-controversial. I’ve gotten a lot of emails on it. Can you explain the thought process and why we should do this?” he asked.

Chadwick said it is something she has wanted to bring forward for months, “but I was hoping COVID would be over and the public could be here because it is near and dear to many people. As it turns out, things progressed with COVID and we’ve seen a decline in the morale of our state, nation and communities. I felt this would be an appropriate time as we celebrate our glorious independence.”

She said that more than 100 California cities and (11) counties have proceeded with displaying the historic motto in the manner requested, adding “we need to find things to rally around and unite us instead of divide us. Historically, we acknowledge our founders were not perfect men and women, but they were nourished in the fact they believed in God. We’re not saying what god. It is our national motto we can come around and celebrate together.”

“In God We Trust” first appeared on U.S. currency in 1864, but it did not become the national motto until a 1956 act of Congress supplanted E pluribus unum, in place since 1776 on the Great Seal of the United States, with “In God We Trust.”

Chadwick read a letter of support for the board’s resolution to display the motto from Diana and Terry Sheen of Weaverville, but no other public comments were offered. The board voted 4-1 to approve the resolution with Sup. John Fenley opposed.

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Michael Snyder

"In God we trust" was added to the Pledge of Allegiance in about 1954 at the height of the McCarthy era to emphasize America's opposition to the "godless commies"

In reality most Russians are Catholic, they were our friends until Pendergast convinced Woodrow Wilson we should rattle our newfound nuclear sword and start an arms race that continues to this day.

There are a little over 4,300 words in the Constitution and "God" and "Jesus" are not among them. What is there is a promise for all Americans to be able to worship in the manner of their choosing.

Or not.

Which begs the question, how many board members would have approved such unconstitutional signage if it said "In Allah we Trust"?


"Separation of church and state" is a legal principle in the United States, which is related to, but not found within, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, in the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment reads: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." If you want to put up a sign in your church saying “In God we trust” that is your right, but if you want to put it up in a government building, it means you establishing religion in a government building and saying any other religion without God is invalid; this is unconstitutional, don’t put up the sign!

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