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New Clay County seal to include 'In God We Trust'

9:25 PM, Mar 12, 2013   |    comments
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GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- In a unanimous vote, the Clay County Board of Commissioners voted yes to include the words 'In God We Trust' on the county seal.

Former Keystone Heights Mayor Lyndel Hale was the one who made the proposal two weeks ago. He also worked with another citizen of Clay to include it in the county school board seal and it also passed.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office has had the motto on their seal for decades, but the county was the last one to include it.

"I believe that's a problem what's wrong with America, our foundation is not God anymore," said Hale.

Some residents are against including God on the county seal and prefer a separation between church and state.

"I think references to God are civil matters they don't belong in county government or state government for that matter," said local resident David Johnson.

Just over a year ago, Congress sent a message to the nation when they voted 396 to 9 to reaffirm "In God We Trust" as the official motto of the United States. The motto was first adopted in 1956.

"For those who don't believe that, surely you believe there is good and evil, all you have to do is watch the news last night. So would you rather pick people and have a government that represents good or evil?" added Hale.

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