CARTHAGE, MO.--- Just two weeks after a national atheist lawsuit fails to strike down the motto "In God We Trust," a local city is embracing the saying. The Carthage council has approved a motion to display the motto in city council chambers. The vote comes in response to a written request from Springfield Attorney Dee Wampler to add the saying. It follows a Jasper County decision to display "In God We Trust" at the county courthouse.
"In their petitions, they say there are 400 cities that have done it. It's something, quite frankly, we hadn't even thought about. As soon as I read that, I was completely for it," said Mike Harris, Carthage Mayor.
The Carthage mayor says he feels confident the vote won't be challenged due to recent federal court decisions. That includes a recent lawsuit where the court found no legal violation in using the phrase on American coins and bills.
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