The city council of Port Hueneme, Calif., voted 4-1 in November to display the words “In God We Trust” outside council chambers in city hall.
The push for the display came from a Bakersfield woman named Jacquie Sullivan who convinced her town officials to adopt the motto and is now taking her crusade around the state.
Port Hueneme Mayor Silvia Munoz Schnopp defended her vote.
According to the Ventura County Star, she said, “You see, I also do this on behalf of our men and women who defend our freedoms, those who are military veterans, reservists and active-duty personnel who live in our community.”
Ellis Green, the lone council member to vote against the motto in Port Hueneme, said he is a veteran, but he strongly disagreed with the mayor’s reasoning.
“I was born in the Bible Belt and served in the U.S. Navy to defend the rights of all Americans,” Green said. “I’m a devout Christian. The concept of separation of church and state is real. It’s not imagined. It is not our right as a council to impose our deity on anyone.”