In what to me was, frankly, a surprising action, the Visalia City Council last night voted not to install the motto “IN GOD WE TRUST” on the wall behind the dais, where it would have been displayed with the city seal. In a 4 to 1 vote, the council approved Mr. Collin’s motion that they not proceed with the proposal.
I must admit I was afraid that Councilman Nelsen’s proposal might win the night. I was glad to see I worried needlessly. While each councilman has their own religious views, the majority decided that there was no good reason for the city to inject this particular issue into city government. That was the correct call.
I don’t know if they were swayed by the comments made by the public at Monday night’s meeting, which were uniformly against the idea, or if the council members had already decided they didn’t have the public’s support. Whatever the reason, a religious declaration will not be adorning the walls of Visalia City Hall.
Thank you, Mayor Gubler, Vice-Mayor Link, Councilman Collins, and Councilman Cox for keeping Visalia a city that respects all of it’s citizens. I appreciate Councilman Nelsen’s intent, and believe he has Visalia’s best interests at heart, but this religious statement does not belong attached to any government body.
God, Allah, Zeus, Odin, Osiris, Apollo, and about 3,000 others did not respond to requests for comment.