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Faith And Freedom

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the right to the free exercise of religion. One of my favorite parts of our regular city council meetings is the moment that we, as a community, open the meeting with prayer. These prayers are often conducted by members of the interfaith council. We hear prayers from multiple religious persuasions and each prayer is beautiful and inspiring in its own unique way. We follow the pattern of our United States Congress and our Utah State Legislature in their long-standing tradition of opening meetings with prayer. Last fall, the City Council unanimously passed a resolution to have the national motto “In God We Trust” displayed in the council chamber at city hall.  On July 30, 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the law officially establishing “In God We Trust” as our national motto. These words guide, inspire, and provide hope for millions of Americans.  From its early days, Washington City has been a city of faith. Our city stands as a place where all residents can worship freely - no matter their faith or background. To those who rely on a higher power, to those who pray, to those who meditate, and to those who choose to practice no religion at all, you have a place in Washington City.

 –Kimberly Casperson, Washington City Council


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