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Posted: May 27, 2009 9:06 p.m.
Updated: May 28, 2009 4:55 a.m.
On May 12, the Santa Clarita City Council acted without public notification to add the words "In God We Trust" to city buildings.

This was not on the agenda for the meeting, resulting in very little public opinion.

On the agenda was a matter suggesting a vote by the people to display the "In God We Trust" verbiage.

I, and many others in my position, were under the rightful impression that council meeting was not the appropriate platform for our appeal.

The "In God We Trust" issue was to be put in the hands of the people, and those in opposition would have a time and place to protest and plea for a right to equal representation.

Not until the news reports of May 13 were we made aware that the council had opted to forgo any hint of an ethically sound battle, and as such had stripped the dissenters of any chance of a voice in the matter.

The aforementioned actions of the council walk both a legal and ethical fine line.

In addition, the council violated the protection of the phrase "In God We Trust" as suggested by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court ruled that protection of the phrase includes its use as a faithless tradition or act of ceremonial deism.

Yet each of the council members made reference to his or her own religious support of the addition. It seems as though Councilwoman Marsha McLean was the only member with an understanding of the separation of church and state.

She was the sole council member careful to avoid religious declarations, citing the historical and patriotic nature of the motto while making a point to disassociate any religious intent.

Other council members were seemingly careless in wording their support, going so far as to suggest that the display would please God.

This is clearly a religious declaration, is it not?


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