No one from the public commented on the issueÃ¢â‚¬â€probably because nobody really knew about it (Westminster residents arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t known for their civic involvement). The council talked about the matter for less than two minutes, according to the Orange County Register, and then the banner was approved 5-0.
Councilman Andy Quach told the Orange County Register Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a Buddhist myself, but God is a generic word and all of us believe in one God or the other.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Honestly, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care how the Westminster City Council wastes their taxpayerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s moneyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t live there. I do find this banner nonsense to be pretty obnoxiousÃ¢â‚¬â€not because IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m an Atheist and there is no God in which I trustÃ¢â‚¬â€but because it embodies everything that is wrong with Westminster; it is a city that is run by people that do not truly represent the residents that live in it.
This is a city that has the largest number of non-Christian residents in the county, and they squander city dollars on a sign that says Ã¢â‚¬Å“In God We Trust.Ã¢â‚¬Â
When will this council wise up and smell the BÃƒÂºn riÃƒÂªu? 55% of the residents in Westminster are ethnic minorities. The council there should spend 55% of their time working on things that the residents of Westminster could appreciate. The council should stop playing ‘my crucifix is bigger than yours’ and forget about meaningless Christian banners.
If you need ideas Margie, start with a Vietnam War Memorial, a Vietnamese cultural center, or a Vietnamese Business Association.