County Commissioners voted unanimously on a resolution to have the words “In God We Trust” scripted onto the back wall of the Commission chambers of the Lincoln County Courthouse. Commissioner Kevin Phillips was absent.
Chair Ed Higbee said the idea was sent to him from a person who is a City Councilwoman Jacquie Sullivan in Bakersfield, California, invited elected officials to follow the lead being set in “over 340 cities and counties across America.”
Sullivan noted in her email to Higbee, “In God We Trust” was adopted by Congress as the official national motto during the Eisenhower administration in 1956, and reaffirmed in 2011 by the House of Representatives. Also, the words have been used on U.S. currency since 1864, and the slogan is engraved above the entrance to the Senate Chamber as well as above the Speaker’s dias in the House of Representatives.’
She asked that, “each city/county display this patriotic motto in the Council Chambers as a way to solemnize public occasions and express confidence in our society.”
Higbee said Lincoln County would be the first in the state of Nevada to do this.
District Attorney Daniel Hooge admitted, “You’re always open to challenges in court, but since the motto is on the U.S. currency, it will likely pass the test of scrutiny.”
Commissioners voted to buy a larger version of the state of Nevada seal and have someone paint the inscription either on a plaque to go above the seal, or on the wall itself.