'In God We Trust' to be added to Montgomery Co. meeting room

Published: Jun. 28, 2016 at 12:46 PM EDT
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Montgomery County will decorate the walls of its meeting chamber with the national motto "In God We Trust," and with the Virginia and county mottoes as well.

The Roanoke Times reports ( the Board of Supervisors has asked that within the next two weeks, county staff gather designs showing different ways that the mottoes should be posted on the front wall of the meeting room, where the supervisors sit.

The supervisors voted in favor of the motto decision 4-3. Supporters say the motto shows a proper reverence for a Christian God, and opponents say the county shouldn't be endorsing one religion over others.

Supervisor Chris Tuck says that "In God We Trust" is the national motto, and that courts have repeatedly ruled that posting it doesn't violate the separation of church and state.