Since January 2015 over 80 counties and municipalities have voted “yes” to display “In God We Trust” in and on their government buildings. Over 250 displays have been installed so far in 49 North Carolina counties and 37 town halls. All of this is a result of the efforts by the US Motto Action Committee, which after procuring the approvals by the government bodies, pays for all the cost of these displays. The Granville County Board of Commissioners approved placing the “In God We Trust” signage on the Administration building and the Granville County Courthouse on August 1, 2016. The signage was installed on May 5, 2017.
It all began on November 26, 2002, when with a desire to promote patriotism, Rick Lanier led the Davidson County Board of Commissioners to publicly display “In God We Trust’ on the exterior of the Davidson County Governmental Center, and installation was completed December 29, 2002. On December 30, 2002 Rick co-founded the US Motto Action Committee. On June 24, 2003 two ACLU funded attorneys filed a Federal lawsuit against Davidson County citing that the motto violated the “Separation of Church and State”. Due to the proactive efforts of the USMAC the Davidson County Board of Commissioners unanimously decided to accept the assistance of the NC Association of County Commissioners and fight the lawsuit, all agreeing that it was worth the fight. In May 2004, U.S. District Court Judge William Osteen, Sr. dismissed the lawsuit, citing no church/state conflict. On May 13, 2005 the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Judge Osteen’s opinion. Then in finality, on November 14, 2005 the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case, thus making the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling case law. (Ref. 407F 3d 266 Lambeth v. The Board of Commissioners of Davidson County, North Carolina, Case No. 04-1753 4th Circuit Court of Appeals).
The mission statement of the USMAC is To defend, promote and assist in the awareness and furtherance or our U.S. motto, “In God We Trust” on public buildings, structures, monuments, the printed page, and to encourage our Godly Heritage in various other aspects. The immediate goal of the USMAC is to reach all 100 counties and as many town halls as possible with a request to prominently and proudly display our great motto.