Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/05/2011 06:16:45 PM PST

COLTON – The City Council has voted unanimously to display the phrase “In God We Trust” in the Council Chambers.

The action follows a similar move by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and continues what supporters hope will be an accelerating nationwide trend.

“We’re going to show that we’re a God-fearing city and a God-fearing nation, and that although you don’t mix politics and religion, you still want to show that you have faith in something,” Councilman David Toro said.

Almost all of the 156 cities that display the phrase added it in the last decade, according to Jacquie Sullivan, a Bakersfield councilwoman who is spearheading a campaign to put the words behind every council dais in America.

Sullivan, founder and president of In God We Trust America, worked with Toro and representatives of several of the seven other cities in San Bernardino County that adopted the motto in the last four years: Chino Hills, Ontario, Highland, Adelanto, Barstow, Victorville and Chino.

Congress voted to make “In God We Trust” the national motto in 1956.

Toro said he first mentioned the possibility of displaying the phrase several years ago but decided to push harder this time because of the county’s decision and what he sees as increasing attacks on religion.

“I think (the movement to display the motto) is getting momentum now because there are organizations disputing ‘In God We Trust’ and ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance,” Toro said. “Now that there are people attacking it, you can’t just sit there and let it go anymore.”

That explanation is wrong-headed, according to Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Madison, Wisc.-based Freedom from Religion Foundation.

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