JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It's a story that created some controversy: whether or not to include the phrase "In God We Trust" on the official Clay County seal. After the county commission passed the proposal in March people from all over were sharing their thoughts, mainly centering around whether or not adding the phrase was inserting religion into government affairs.
We're now hearing from a retired minister who says the four words, which can be found on any piece of U.S. currency, have no place on a seal representing a county and a government agency.
"That's crossing the line. The question is why do we need it after 150 years?" asks Harry Parrott.
Parrott says it's inappropriate for a government agency to be putting out religious messages. County commissioner Ronnie Robinson says the minister is wrong.
"I think [Parrott] needs to remember why we all came to this country," says Robinson. "What we've done is not an inclusion of religion and government at all."
Parrott claims the new seal will lead the county into a mess of "division and discord."