Lawsuit Over "In God We Trust" Sign

October 7, 2000

Source: Star Tribune

On October 7, 2000, the Star Tribune reported that "the sign has gotten bigger and the word 'God' has shrunk, but Shawnee County Treasurer Rita Cline still faces a lawsuit over a sign at her office proclaiming, 'In God We Trust.' The American Civil Liberties Union last month filed a petition in U.S. District Court in Topeka, asking the court to force Cline to take down the sign. The ACLU accused Cline of inappropriately using her office to push her religion. The ACLU had said the message went beyond the national motto because the word 'God' was printed in red letters bigger than the letters of the rest of the phrase. Cline said she offered ACLU members the opportunity to redesign the sign, but they never responded, so a staff member in her office did."