Fayette County Commissioners are scheduled next week to decide on a resolution affirming “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States.
The resolution, if enacted, supports the display of the national motto in Fayette County buildings and on marked county-owned first responder vehicles, said County Commissioner Tim Goodroe.
Goodroe submitted the resolution, scheduled for the full board’s consideration, on Tuesday.
The resolution is available to read on Goodroe’s Facebook page.
“Honestly, I do not know why it has not happened in this county before now. The moral fabric in our society is unraveling before our very eyes. Movements and change is made on the local levels. If we hide our trust in God, what else are we hiding? We must fight against the ‘Cancel Movements’ that seek to remove God and history from society,” Goodroe told The Tennessee Star in an email.
“You can find federal court rulings that support the national motto and states that it does not violate the establishment clause along with other valuable info containing other county and municipal governments that have officially recognized and affirmed the national motto at www.InGodWeTrust.com.”
Goodroe said Oakland, Tenn. Alderman Ken Sutton has since taken Goodroe’s original resolution and modified it to say ‘Oakland, Tennessee’ and it goes before the Oakland Board of Mayor and Alderman on Thursday for passage.
“My hope is that this trends with the other Fayette County Municipalities and continues across the state with momentum,” Goodroe said, adding not everyone is happy about his proposal.
“During this process, I received a nasty letter from an anonymous writer with no return address,” Goodroe said, adding whoever wrote it mailed it from a Memphis post office.
“It was misguided and hateful and ignores federal court rulings.”
Goodroe said Roane County officials passed a similar resolution three years ago.
Fayette County is in west Tennessee, and Somerville is the county seat.
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