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Friday, Nov 09 2012 04:33 PM

'In God We Trust' reaches 100 cities in California, councilwoman says

By The Bakersfield Californian

Bakersfield City Councilwoman Jacquie Sullivan said Friday that 100 cities and counties in California now have agreed to display the motto "In God We Trust" in their meeting chambers.

Sullivan founded the organization In God We Trust 10 years ago to get city and county governments across the United States to display the motto.

On Thursday night, the city council in Avenal, a city of about 15,000 people in Kings County, decided to display the motto in its chambers, making it the 100th jurisdiction in the state to do so, Sullivan said.

Recently, Sullivan said, the total number of jurisdictions agreeing to display the motto reached 300, though some cities and counties made that decision before Sullivan started her organization.

Not everyone has agreed with the efforts of Sullivan's organization; some have asked whether displaying the motto in city council chambers contradicts the principle of separation of church and state.

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