PA. county council rejects 'In God We Trust' motto

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PA. county council rejects 'In God We Trust' motto
In this May 12, 2011 photo, Democratic Party hopeful for Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald talks with supporters before a news conference as he campaigns in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Democrat Councilman Charles Martoni
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Rich Fitzgerald, Democratic hopeful for Allegheny County Executive, leaves the polling location after voting in the Pennsylvania primary election, Tuesday, May 17, 2011 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
H.J. Heinz Company CEO Bernardo Hees, right, stands with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, center, and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, at the preview for the opening of the H.J Heinz Co. exhibition at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
H.J. Heinz Company CEO Bernardo Hees, right, stands with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, center, and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, at the preview for the opening of the H.J Heinz Co. exhibition at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
H.J. Heinz Company CEO Bernardo Hees, right, stands with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, center, and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, at the preview for the opening of the H.J Heinz Co. exhibition at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
President Barack Obama is greeted on the tarmac by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, left, and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald upon his arrival on Air Force One at Pittsburgh International Airport, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Obama traveled to Pittsburgh to visit TechShop, a fabrication and prototyping studio open to the public via paid memberships, to deliver remarks on the economy. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR SANOFI PASTEUR - Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald receives a flu shot from Kim Delp, of Northern Area Multi-Service Center, during the Flu + You clinic sponsored by the National Council on Aging and Sanofi Pasteur at the Jewish Community Center Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (Don Wright / AP Images for Sanofi Pasteur)
Gov. Tom Corbett, with Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley and Allegheny County's executive, Rich Fitzgerald, during a light moment at a Capitol news conference designed to demonstrate a show of support as he seeks legislative approval for a $1.7 billion tax break to lure an integrated petrochemical industry to Pennsylvania on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)
In this Oct. 27, 2011 photo, the candidates for Allegheny County executive, Democrat Rich Fitzgerald, left, and Republican D. Raja, participate in a television studio debate on the campus of Robert Morris University in Coraopolis, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
In this photo made on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, candidate for Allegheny County executive Democrat Rich Fitzgerald, participates in a debate with Republican D. Raja in a television studio on the campus of Robert Morris University in Coraopolis, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
In this photo made on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, the candidates for Allegheny County executive, Republican, D. Raja, right, participates in a debate with Democrat Rich Fitzgerald in a television studio on the campus of Robert Morris University in Coraopolis, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
In this May 14, 2011 photo, Democratic Party hopeful for Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, right, greets people along Penn Avenue as he campaigns at the Strip District in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
A house with a "Welcome President" sign is seen through the trees as President Barack Obama arrive at the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Oakdale, Pa., to tour a classroom and speak about the importance of jobs-driven skills training. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Allegheny County workers attach quilting to a portion of the Andy Warhol bridge on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 in downtown Pittsburgh. The bridge was yarn bombed by volunteers who attached 580 blanket-sized, hand-knitted panels to the pedestrian walkway of the bridge. More than 1,800 knitters covered the bridge in 3,000 feet of colorful yarn, in what organizers claim is the nation's largest yarn bomb ever. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Pennsylvania county council has voted 8-6 against posting the national motto, "In God We Trust," in its chambers.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald had threatened to veto the measure, which he called "a movement by the right-wing evangelical Christians across the country basically to impose Christianity" in public buildings.

Fitzgerald is a Democrat, as are the eight council members who opposed the display, which would also have included Pennsylvania's state motto "Virtue, Liberty and Independence" and another U.S. motto, "E Pluribus Unum."

All five Republicans on council voted for the display, as did Democrat Bill Robinson.

A Democrat who co-sponsored the bill, Councilman Charles Martoni, voted against it saying, "The more I looked at it, it's unnecessary." Another Democrat co-sponsor, Councilman John Palmiere, didn't attend Tuesday's meeting. Council has 15 members.

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