Pastors at about 50 churches in Anderson County have asked to put the motto “In God We Trust” on the Anderson County Courthouse in Clinton, the county mayor said in a report to county commissioners.
Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank said that putting the motto on the courthouse wouldn’t cost the county anything. Instead, it would be funded by donations from churches, businesses, and individuals, she said.
The request is included in Frank’s report to Anderson County Commissioners for their Tuesday evening meeting.
Late last year, the motto was emblazoned above all four main entrances of the Putnam County Courthouse in Cookeville, the Associated Press reported. County commissioners there approved the adornment during an Oct. 14 meeting, and the cost was covered by donations from businesses and individuals, the AP said.
Frank’s report includes news articles announcing court decisions that found the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance and “In God We Trust” on U.S. money do not violate the Constitution’s separation of church and state.
“In God We Trust” is the U.S. national motto, and it appears on U.S. money.
Tuesday’s Anderson County Commission meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in Room 312 of the Anderson County Courthouse at 100 N. Main St. in Clinton.