Re: “Does action conflict with state law?” (letter, 8-6).
A writer raises the question whether displaying “In God We Trust” in the Pierce County Council chambers is banned by the state constitution, which states: “No public money or property shall be appropriated for or applied to any religious worship, exercise or instruction, or the support of any religious establishment …”
The display is simply an acknowledgement of God similar to the state constitution preamble, when it states: “We, the people of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this constitution.”
No attempt is being made to support any church, synagogue or mosque or to teach any sectarian belief. Interestingly enough, the article on religious freedom goes on to allow employment by the state for chaplains in state or county institutions and health care facilities.
It seems the framers recognized the need or spiritual guidance or comfort for those in personal physical and emotional need.