Who would have ever thought four little words would make people so angry? That very well may be what happens on Tuesday, February 9th at the Government Center around 10:00am.
[ Correction: The Meeting Starts at 9:00am. ]
Even though the Commissioners voted in favor 2-1 (Minty-Morris opposed) of posting an “In God We Trust” sign in the Government Center, Minty-Morris wants more public comments, which will happen this Tuesday. Her hope is to have enough people against the plaque show up or for enough people to cause a controversy that Commissioner Bellet will change his mind. It is an election year after all, and the last thing politicians like is a controversy that might cost them votes.
Our job then is to either attend the meeting or email Commissioner Mallams before end of day on Monday, Feb. 8th. If you want your email read aloud and entered into the record, you must express so in your email.
It is critical we do not cause a controversy, or let the opponents of this sign get under our skin. We must be polite, respectful and win the day with reason and kindness. Let them be the fools, who can not think straight because anger fills their hearts and minds with foolishness.
Here are some reasons why we are in favor of this sign. Feel free to use any or all in your email:
- “In God We Trust” is the motto of our nation, confirmed by Congress as recently as 2011.
- “In God We Trust” is on all U.S. Currency. People opposed to this sign do not reject using U.S. Currency because it contains “In God We Trust”, yet they pretend to be offended because a sign “In God We Trust” is on the wall of a government building? Seems very hypocritical.
- “In God We Trust” reflects the values of the Founding Fathers. 54 of the 55 men who were at the Constitutional Convention believed in God The Creator.
- Without believing in a higher power, God The Creator, then there can be no basis for the rights of life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness. If these rights are not endowed by our Creator, then they are endowed by government, and government’s nature is to consolidate power, not share it. The belief in a higher power keeps government in check from usurping our individual sovereignty, therefore it is highly appropriate such a sign “In God We Trust” be visible to the Commissioners as they perform their duties.
- Being offended by “In God We Trust” is not a good reason for rejecting this proposal. People are offended by the U.S. Flag, and yet it flies proud above every government building in the nation.
- Separation of Church and State is a false argument. The separation is to be a restraint on government from establishing a particular religion of the State, and not to prevent religious thought from influencing government. If that were true we would not have our founding documents (including the Declaration of Independence) that mention God as our Creator who gives us unalienable rights and declares it is government’s responsibility to protect those rights.
- Any lawsuits brought against the county because of the sign will be paid for and defended by the Pacific Justice Institute of Sacramento, California.
- The sign “In God We Trust” will not cost the county (tax payers) a dime as private contributions totally $2,000 will be used to create the sign.
- Currently 596 cities and counties in the U.S. have a “In God We Trust” sign in their public buildings.
If you can not attend next Tuesday, please write Commissioner Mallams before the end of day on Monday. Those emails will be entered into the record and counted as if you were there.
Let us stand together to fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Let us not allow people with anti-American ideals wrongly influence the Commissioners to reverse their decision.We can win, but we must be kind, courteous and use reason, not rhetoric, to win. We must show we can disagree and still work together. We have the winning arguments. There is no reason for us to grow angry or upset. Even if we lose this battle, we can always win at the ballot box in May and November,... and then try again. We will prevail.