Ballwin Rejects “In God We Trust” Sign After Atheist Mother’s Passionate Plea

Sep 30, 2014

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By Lindsay Toler

Ballwin officials voted Monday to reject a plan to to put up an “In God We Trust” sign on city property.

 The Holy Infant Knights of Columbus had pledged $750 to putting the motto on a sign in this St. Louis suburb. All the plan needed was the approval of the city’s board of aldermen.

The aldermen voted 6 to 2 against displaying the motto “In God We Trust” in four-inch letters behind the dais, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Ballwin originally seemed to support the proposed sign until Nikki Moungo, a Ballwin resident and self-proclaimed atheist, spoke out at an aldermanic meeting, asking the board not to alienate non-religious residents.


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6 comments on “Ballwin Rejects “In God We Trust” Sign After Atheist Mother’s Passionate Plea

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    aquilacane says:

    I guess they point out that her atheism is “self proclaimed” to clearly define her from the religious who’s beliefs are proclaimed for them.



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  • Atheist mother

    More like “maverick mom”! Thomas Paine quote at the end of one speech, a fitting final coda.

    6-2 vote is encouraging, yet, was it a result of the city attorney strongly advising against the IGWT sign, lest any lawsuits ensue (ACLU, et.al.)



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  • Quite a brave speech, but how sad that she has to be so defensive (“I don’t at babies” etc) and that the argument against “IGWT” has to hinge on respect for all beliefs and faiths.



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  • I sure hope this is the road towards acknowledgment that god is a delusion and a lie and people need to stop spreading false hope and lies.

    Why should we trust god as opposed to Buddha or Krishna ?

    What difference is there between In god we trust and Allahu Akbar !

    Has trusting god ever shown any results ? Can you trust god at all ?



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    Lookout says:

    Ms. Moungo’s comments on her return trip to the Alderman’s meeting were impressive. Yes, frustrating that she had to use other religion’s perceived exclusion as part of her argument. But she deserves thanks for standing up in front of her town and all those “authority” figures behind the the dais who couldn’t help but claim their “faith” in the end.



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