Jacquie Sullivan’s efforts date back to 2001. While working in her home/office and listening to the news on a Christian radio station, Jacquie heard about a small group on the East Coast that was protesting the words “In God We Trust” that were posted on a public building. She was offended that they were offended. She instantly felt a defiant determination to push back against those who seemed driven to remove God’s name from the public life of our country. “Fine,” she said to herself, “if they are going to work to take our motto down, I am going work to put it up.” Jacquie knew that in city government it only takes one more “Yes” vote than a “No” vote for a decision to be made and an action to be taken. She resolved to rally the support of her fellow council members to vote “Yes” to display “In God We Trust” in the council chambers of the Bakersfield City Hall. The issue was placed on the council agenda, and on February 20, 2002, the Bakersfield City Council, in the 11th largest city in California—became the first city in the nation in recent years to vote “Yes” to proudly and prominently display America’s national motto at city hall. Since that historic vote, Sullivan initiated a non-profit organization in November of 2004, under the name of
In God We Trust – America, Inc. Sullivan and her volunteers continue to email the informative and inspiringpacket to elected officials in cities and towns across America. They are delighted and encouraged to see the growing number of cities voting “Yes” to display the national motto in their City Halls. By doing so, the elected officials are showing a commitment to the values our country was founded upon.
The National Motto of the United States of America, “In God We Trust,” was adopted by Congress on July 30, 1956.
In God We Trust – America, Inc. is a volunteer organization devoted to distributing the informative email packet to every elected official in America. The mission is to promote patriotism by encouraging citizens and elected officials to work together to be part of this vital patriotic movement.
The In God We Trust – America, Inc. email packet being sent, city-by-city, includes attachments titled, “History of the Motto” and “Legalization of IGWT-A,” from the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), a legal firm based in Sacramento, CA, that specializes in issues of religious freedom. PJI has declared this patriotic campaign to be “clearly constitutional,” as it encourages elected officials to “Vote Yes” to display our national motto in public buildings. PJI has pledged to defend any town or city from any possible legal challenge, and to do so, at no charge, in either state or federal court. To date, no form of legal or political challenge has been brought against this movement. Our foes realize there is nothing to challenge, since our National Motto was adopted by Congress.
The letter from the Pacific Justice Institute can be found below with the link, LEGALIZATION OF IGWT-A
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