Councilman Don Carey said he wanted decals on city vehicles to “quell divisive rhetoric” and begin to unify people along racial and political lines.
“If you look around, you can see that the state of our country, the state of our city is crumbling from a social fabric standpoint,” Carey said Tuesday night.
He pointed to how “In God We Trust” has been reaffirmed as the nation’s motto in bipartisan fashion dating to the 1950s and how it appears on currency. In 2016, Chesapeake council members unanimously voted to put the motto in its chambers.
Carey said this is not about any particular God or deity.
The decals will cost $6,000. Labor costs could be another $81,6000.