Residents dedicate 'In
God We Trust' sign
Stephen Floyd, Herald and News 4/27/16
H&N photo by Kevin Hume. A plaque with the words
"In God We Trust", "Klamath County", and "Liberty and Justice"
is dedicated on a wall inside the Klamath County Commissioners
meeting room on Tuesday. Chiloquin artist James Emard made the
Community members dedicated an “In God We Trust” plaque Tuesday
at the Klamath County commissioners’ weekly meeting.
Displayed on the wall opposite the meeting room doors, the metal
plaque is meant to honor the country’s national motto as well as
the area’s natural resources.
“It is our desire that all who see our plaque in the future will
be reminded that trusting in God means we are to love and
respect each other,” said Carol Warren, who helped lead the
group of residents who raised funds for the plaque.
Warren said hundreds of residents donated to the project, which
was completed by Chiloquin metalworker James Emard. The plaque
was installed last week and remains on display in the meeting
Commissioners began discussing the installation of an “In God We
Trust” sign toward the end of 2014 but waited to take action as
county counsel researched its legal obligations in the matter.
Opponents said the sign would exclude those who do not believe
in the Judeo-Christian God and said it would violate policies
regarding the separation of church and state. Supporters argued
the phrase is not faith-specific and represents acknowledgment
of a higher power. They also noted it is the country’s national
motto and a philosophy supported by a majority of county
During a public hearing Feb. 9, more than 300 residents spoke in
favor of the sign, both in-person and in writing. Less than a
dozen spoke against it, though many more have expressed
displeasure through social media.
During Tuesday’s meeting, resident Reg LeQuieu said too much of
the attention regarding such issues is paid to the vocal
“When the left talks about offending a minority they miss the
fact that, by not offending them, we are offending a majority,”
said LeQuieu. “We are offended oftentimes when a small minority
gets their way against a majority,” he continued.
LeQuieu thanked Commissioner Tom Mallams for bringing the issue
before the county and thanked the board of commissioners for
approving the plaque.
Mallams said he believes the efforts of citizens both to create
the plaque and show support for it says a lot about what the
Commissioner Jim Bellet said he appreciated Emard’s work and
believes the plaque will last for a long time.
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