Pennsylvania county to display 'In God We Trust'

Posted: April 18, 2014 - 3:58am


BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — The commissioners of a western Pennsylvania county have voted 2-1 to display the national motto, "In God We Trust" on a wall of their meeting room.

Republican Butler County Commissioners William McCarrier and Dale Pinkerton supported the display while Democrat Jim Eckstein didn't. Pinkerton pushed the idea at the urging of a national group called In God We Trust - America Inc., which hopes cities and counties across the country will display the national motto adopted in 1956, which also appears on U.S. currency.

Eckstein says he's concerned about a court challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union or some other group.

But ACLU attorney Sara Rose, of Pittsburgh, says a challenge is unlikely because courts have ruled the motto doesn't promote one religious group over another.

Butler is 30 miles north of Pittsburgh.