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Debate over 'In God We Trust' sign gets tense in meeting at Wentzville city hall

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Hundreds filled Wentzville's city council chambers to voice their opinions on a sign that reads "In God We Trust" that is inside the council chambers. Credit: KMOV Hundreds filled Wentzville's city council chambers to voice their opinions on a sign that reads "In God We Trust" that is inside the council chambers. Credit: KMOV
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WENTZVILLE, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Things got tense inside Wentzville’s city hall Wednesday during a debate over a sign inside the government chambers that reads"In God We Trust."

Hundreds packed the city council chambers to voice their opinion on the matter. A group frustrated by the recent backlash over the sign made a point to show their support to Wentzville leaders.

“When I heard our national motto was under question or under attack, I wanted to come here. I’m only one person, but I can pray,” said Mary Lou Rogers who supports the sign.

The line snaked out the door, with most people carrying signs reading “In God We Trust.” Once inside, it was standing room only.

A prayer kicked off the meeting and then one-by-one, neighbors shared their thoughts on the four words on the sign that is below city leaders in the city council chambers.

Those in the room were overwhelmingly supportive of the sign and the mayor’s decision to keep it. But the woman who sparked the debate stood up with other Wentzville residents to reiterate concerns.

She was met with boos.

It was a reaction that made it hard for one woman to share her thoughts.

“Religion is something personal. It should be at home, the people who are representing the people of Wentzville need to represent all of them, not everybody is a Christian,” said Angie Molleck who is against keeping the sign.

Mayor Nick Guccione says the sign is about patriotism. “In God We Trust” was established as the national motto in the 1950s.

The city has received letters from the Freedom From Religion Foundation arguing the sign should be taken down. However, there are no plans for any changes.

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