Bishop City Council adopts ‘In God We Trust’

The “In God We Trust” resolution was approved, 4-1, by the Bishop City Council Monday evening.

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The resolution read, in part “the historic and patriotic words of our national motto ‘In God We Trust,’ shall be permanently and prominently displayed in the City of Bishop Council Chambers at City Hall.”

Councilmember Karen Schwartz was the lone no vote. During the initial council discussion on Jan. 26, Schwartz said “I think we have a responsibility to all our residents to make our town seem inclusive and (the motto) seems like something that would exclude or divide the community rather than bring the community together.”

During the public comment portion of the Jan. 26 discussion, one speaker opposed the resolution.

The In God We Trust—America, a non-profit educational corporation founded in 2002 by Bakersfield councilmember Jacquie Sullivan, provided materials in support of the resolution. Those materials, part of the council’s board package, indicate 107 cities and counties in California have adopted the resolution, in addition to 83 other legislative bodies in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida and Georgia.

The cost of the motto plaque will be paid for by private donations.


14 Responses to Bishop City Council adopts ‘In God We Trust’

  1. Badfinger February 17, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

    Does this mean our civic leadership wants to establish a Theocracy and going on witch hunts, HahahaLol ☺

  2. Eastern Sierra Local February 13, 2015 at 8:45 am #

    Technically the unofficial motto of the United States up until 1956 was “E pluribus unum” which I think would have been a much better choice.

  3. MJA February 13, 2015 at 6:02 am #

    In myself I trust. =

  4. BishopFan February 12, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

    One of things that I have always loved about Bishop is the fact that most are not afraid to express themselves and most understand that people can live and work together peacefully, even when they don’t agree with each other. It’s a strong community. Strength in individuals, families and communities comes from a stable foundation. I think the council is simply demonstrating why the community of Bishop is strong. -Mammoth, not so much – they are at each others throats constantly – no foundation…just George Carlin youtube references, “Club Red” and festivals centered around drinking most weekends of the year. -Stay true to yourself Bishop and stay strong!

  5. High Water February 12, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    Oh boy city council! The trying issue of our time “in god we trust” typical govt. Change the narrative. We should be asking “in council members we don’t trust”

  6. p ite February 12, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

    carlin nailed it, but i think we can still get our crutches and go to the park and pray for preciepitation , and if that doesnt work lets burn some witches

  7. Ken Warner February 12, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    George Carlin had the clearest epistemological view of — it.

  8. Eastside Bum February 11, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

    I hope those of you who disagree with this don’t use American currency in your daily life. We are a nation built upon Christian values, despite what is taking place in our world today. Last time I checked, California, and the City of Bishop, was part of that nation. No one is forcing you to believe the motto, either.

    • Desert Tortoise February 12, 2015 at 6:54 am #

      I guess I will challenge that assertion. For starters read John Adams essay “A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law” written before the Revolution, and then read James Madison’s speech to the Virginia Legislature entitled “A Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments”. The first six presidents of this nation were not Christian, but were Deist or Unitarian. This nation was founded by well read members of the Enlightenment and the values that informed them and our Constitution were a rejection or everything European, their kings, their incessant wars, and the religions that drove their strife. Consider that the Inquisition still raged in Europe when our Constitution was being written. Find out about the horrors of the Catherine Wheel. Men like Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Franklin, and yes even George Washington rejected the dogmas of Christianity and the ignorance, bigotry and violence organized Christianity begot in Europe and strove for a government and a nation that was free of such corrosive influences. That is why there is a Constitutional prohibition against religious tests for public office.

      • sugar magnolia February 12, 2015 at 11:57 am #

        Nice post DT. Sadly, many people don’t want to know the facts.

    • Pedro February 14, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

      Most of our grand parents were able to live their values and trust in God without politicians and religious statements on their currency. Lady Liberty suits me just fine.

  9. Steve February 11, 2015 at 7:47 pm #

    What about the atheists? What about separation of Church and State???

  10. Norm Olson February 11, 2015 at 5:31 pm #

    Ok, I’ll bite,… WHOSE God? This is not a good idea.

  11. Local February 11, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

    Love this!


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