Religion declining in U.S., but more cities, like Irvine, seek to add ‘In God We Trust’ motto to city halls

Jul 21, 2015

by Sarah de Crescenzo

As the percentage of Americans who consider themselves unaffiliated with a religion grows, the number of Orange County cities using municipal facilities and time to recognize religion also is on the upswing.

Orange County is home to countless churches, including Saddleback Church, one of the nation’s largest. Irvine Mayor Steven Choi has said the city encompasses more than 80 places of worship.

Members of that religious community cheered in recent years as city after city approved proposals to acknowledge faith inside the walls of City Hall by displaying the nation’s motto “In God We Trust” at the dais and beginning council meetings with prayer.

Tonight, the Irvine council considers adding the phrase to its halls – mirroring a move made by many Orange County cities, starting in 2007 with Westminster.


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14 comments on “Religion declining in U.S., but more cities, like Irvine, seek to add ‘In God We Trust’ motto to city halls

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    Miserablegit says:

    It is obvious that religion will never go without a hell of a fight, so nonbelievers will have to battle county by county and state by state.



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  • The fundies can’t get anywhere with salesmanship so they are resorting to force.

    If “in god we trust” is the national motto, THAT is the problem, not individual institutions displaying it.



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  • exactly who is the “we” in “in god we trust” ? it is not me… it is not us. it is very exclusionary, something no government should be. they are not addressing me, are they addressing or including you? or are you left out as well? it is time we go back to our original motto, the one our forefathers came up with that included everybody….
    E pluribus unum (out of many one) now there is an inclusive , not divisive motto that WE can all get behind.



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  • Bonnie we did have one up until the mid 1950’s it was “E pluribus Unum” (out of many one) . it served us well and included ALL….



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  • “E pluribus Unum”

    From the source article:

    That message, promotes the truly inclusive nature of American society, said Robert Ray, who wrote the city council.

    My guess – some folks would scratch their heads and say what does them fancy foreign words mean?. I’m really going out on a limb here, but would the same lot ask didn’t the Wizard of Oz say that?, lol.



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  • Maybe there should be a campaign by secular organisations to start using it…on posters, counter-religious displays, etc…and thereby reintroduce it to the masses. Perhaps best to use it in it’s translated form for the benefit of the modern masses though.



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  • paulmcuk there is and they are looking for more people to sign up… I’ve spoken with the lawyer in charge and his office help, very very nice people. I also made it a point to get pre 1950 paper money and frame it, as there is no IGWT on bills before then… a great learning/teaching tool for most have no clue that it was not always there… here is the link to the no more igwt site …
    http://nomoreigwt.com/



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  • I’ve lived my entire life in Orange County. Through logic and rationale I have done my tiny part in respectfully showing people my point of view on Atheism. I have transformed a tiny number (4) from religious ideals to freethinkers who are no longer deluded by fear/shame/guilt that the church has put on them.



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  • As the percentage of Americans who consider themselves unaffiliated with a religion grows, the number of Orange County cities using municipal facilities and time to recognize religion also is on the upswing.

    Apart from expecting more intrusion from religion into government in municipalities with concentrated religious-conservative populations like Orange county, there may be some promising though counter- intuitive demographic trends driving the “upswing.” Pew research shows that the share of Americans reporting no affiliation with religious institutions has increased from 15% to 20% in the five years between 2007 and 2012 with the 18 to 30 year-old cohort report a whopping 32% identity with Nones. Self-identified Christians have dropped 5+% in the same period.

    What we may be seeing is the die-hard reaction of older Christian-Church cohorts against “alarming” declines in religiosity among the general population and more rapidly among youthful generations. Current Cohorts over 40 control the lion’s share of power and wealth in communities and may temporarily enjoy superior numbers. Attempts to assert religious messages and practices in city government, though temporarily “successful,” may demonstrate a last-ditch backlash against the growing secularization of society. With each passing decade, the old-time-religion partisans will watch their thinning ranks replaced with more progressive, more secular coming-of-age youth who have no use for their elders’ empty, arrogant pieties.



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  • It is very important to keep religion and state from, even at an unofficial level, totally seperate. This rediculus taboo and dislike for Atheists, like myself, is based on false pretensions that some call evidence. I call it a debotury on the use of a pun. Some know perfectly well that there is nothing true about what they are saying.



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