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August 22, 2011

In God We Trust” to be posted at the Pittsburg County Courthouse

McALESTER — TThe motto “In God We Trust” will be posted in the Pittsburg County Courthouse in just a few weeks according to Kevin Smith, Pittsburg County District 2 commissioner.

The posting comes after a resolution was signed by the commissioners in May.

The resolution called H. Con. Res. 13, came in a  letter addressed to the McAlester City Hall as well as Pittsburg County commissioners from the law offices of Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise, trial attorneys in Springfield, Mo. In the letter the government officials were are asked to consider posting “In God We Trust” prominently at the Pittsburg County Courthouse and McAlester City Hall. The letter says “hundreds of cities across the United States are doing so.”

The McAlester City Council approved the resolution to install the motto “In God We Trust” in City Hall. The Pittsburg County Commissioners also agreed to spend county dollars for the motto in April. The exact amount has not yet been decided.

“I ain’t got a problem with it,” said Dist. 1 Commissioner Gene Rogers after the May meeting. “I support it. I think it should be posted in the courthouse because the government supports this slogan and we support our government. I think it should be everywhere. 

“I think it should already be up there. I don’t know anyone that wouldn’t want it posted around here.” said Dist. 3 Commissioner Ronnie Young.

Commission Chairman Kevin Smith supports the resolution to post “In God We Trust” in the courthouse and said the sign will be posted using county tax dollars. “I think it’s a good deal and it goes with our history and how our county was founded.”

Dee Wampler the author of the letter, spoke to the News-Capital from Missouri in April. “I just sent this letter as a private citizen,” he said. “Although I am an attorney and I am involved with several Christian legal groups, I believe that we are losing our American history. We are a Christian nation and we are losing the faith of our fathers. It is my belief that for all Americans and for new people coming in to America they need to recognize what our history is, what our culture is.”

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