The Tri-State’s TRUSTED news source.

Click here to stay informed and subscribe to Herald-Dispatch.

Click #isupportlocal for more information on supporting our local journalists.

Learn more about HD Media

IRONTON - The words "With God All Things Are Possible" were installed in Judge D. Scott Bowling's Lawrence County Common Pleas courtroom wall during a ceremony Wednesday afternoon.

The words, which are the Ohio state motto, were placed in the area where jurors sit during trials.

The courtroom was packed during a prayer luncheon and dedication in remembrance of the fallen law enforcement officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge and court bailiffs in Michigan.

In a prepared statement, Bowling said he was a major proponent for the separation of church and state.

"As government typically does a bad job at governing, why would we want the government involved in church? Our forefathers clearly attempted to create a nation where people could worship the one true God in spirit and in truth," he said.

"The mottos in this courtroom reflect that tradition. Our governmental leaders should (know) that the violence must stop, but the problem in our nation reflects a problem within the human heart," he said in the statement.

"Only with a true revival in the one true church will our nation be healed. May God bless our great nation," he said.

Bowling has had the words "In God We Trust" over the bench where he sits for some time now.

Dave Lambert, a Kitts Hill resident, gave a prayer saying "We pray for order to be restored and peace maintained."

"We believe in the separation of church and state," Lambert said. "We pray for our law enforcement officers and for our military. We're honoring the laws of this land."


Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.