10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

By SANDRA STOKLEY
The Press-Enterprise

On Feb. 16, Norco became the first Riverside County city to post the national motto “In God We Trust” in its council chambers.

The city of Eastvale may soon follow suit.

At tonight’s meeting, the Eastvale City Council is set to vote on authorizing the placement of a banner stating “City of Eastvale — In God We Trust” on the council dais.

The council meets at 6:30 p.m. at Rosa Parks Elementary School, 13830 Whispering Hills Drive.

Because the council meets in a school’s multipurpose room, council members asked Interim City Manager Robert Van Nort to determine if posting such a banner was permissible.

In his report to the council, Van Nort said he contacted Bill Newberry, an Eastvale resident who is a member of the Corona-Norco Unified School District Board of Education.

Newberry said it is not against school policy to hang the banner during the meetings, Van Nort said.

Eastvale Mayor Adam Rush said he supported the proposal.

“It helps to show the community that we’re committed legally, morally and ethically to representing the city,” Rush said. “I don’t see any harm in displaying it.”

Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, called the posting of such banners ill advised, divisive and exclusionary.

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