Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The city of Lake Forest announced after an hour-long debate that it will display "In God We Trust" in the council chambers, making it Orange County's 14th city to display the statement in a government building. The proposal, initiated by Councilwoman Marcia Rudolph, passed by a 3-2 vote with the help of newly elected Councilman Scott Voigts.
Orleane Koehle, state president of the Eagle Forum of California, is pleased with the city's decision.
Orleane Koehle (Eagle Forum) "It's wonderful. It's been the motto of our nation from the beginning of our founding fathers, and for any city to think that that is not appropriate is very strange," she contends.
The initiative, which was introduced in May 2010, failed due to a lack of votes. But with the election of Voigts, a member of the California Republican Assembly (CRA), the measure was able to gain more support.
Koehle contends that the statement is constitutional and is sacred to the identity of the United States. "I hope every city in the nation follows suit," she adds. "It's true...it's still on our money, and hopefully it's going to stay there."
However, Lake Forest Mayor Peter Herzong has expressed his distaste for displaying the motto, as he has warned it will bring significant consequences to the city.
By Becky Yeh - OneNewsNow California correspondent