Update: Lawsuit against Wood County motto "In God We Trust" dismissed
POSTED: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 9:43am
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 6:30pm
WOOD COUNTY — UPDATE: A hearing in Quitman Tuesday has resulted in the dismissal of the lawsuit in Wood County because Charles Scott, who was suing the county, did not show up for the hearing. Scott has the option to appeal the lawsuit.
Rosalie Howerton is in charge of the Texas chapter of a group called 'In God We Trust America.'
They started in California and have succesfully gotten the words posted in public buildings nationwide...about a year ago, Wood County posted them in their commissioners courtroom.
But according to the Wood County newspaper, a fellow named Charles Scott who lives in Hawkins filed suit against the county in May...claiming it's unconstitutional.
"This is our national motto put in place by the congress in 1956 during Eisenhower's administration and in fact just a year or so ago it was re-voted on by the congress to continue it to be our national motto," Howerton said.
This week, a group called the Liberty Institute has filed a motion to stop the lawsuit.
"The Supreme Court and numerous appellate courts have held that displaying the national motto 'In God We Trust' is constitutional. And the supreme court has also held that opening sessions with prayer is a constitutional practice," said Erin Leu with the Liberty Institute.
They tell KETK they have a hearing set for October...
But not everyone feels like they do...
A group in the Dallas area called the 'Church of Freethought' prides themselves in not telling people what to believe in.
They support the lawsuit...
"It's a government endorsement of a theological doctrine. I mean it's as simple as that, it's a government endorsement of a theological doctrine which the government has no business doing," said pastor Thomas Gorsky.