STONE COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – One police department in Missouri is adding a familiar motto to their vehicles. They have added the words, “In God we trust.”
The Stone County Sheriff’s Office posted this message to Facebook:
“I am proud to announce that all of the Stone County Sheriff’s Office Patrol vehicles now have “In God we trust” on the back. This became our National Motto in 1956 and is on all of our currency. There has been no better time than now to proudly display our National Motto!”
Not everyone is pleased with the new message on the vehicles. Nathan Belden writes:
“Very simple and ill state for the record, I’m not offended that these decals exist, IT’S INAPPROPRIATE TO HAVE THEM ON GOVERNMENT PROPERTY. No voting required, it’s a violation of church and state. You are showing preference to a religion, how is this such a mystery? Any individual, for profit, non profit or any other organization can do as they please. Not a sheriff in any county can decide with or without approval(they don’t have the authority either) to do this.”
Some are also questioning where the money came from to pay for the message. The Sheriff’s Department says that no local tax dollars were spent on the decals. They say they were donated by local businesses.
The viral post has been shared over 25,000 times and is approaching 70,000 likes. The Sheriff’s department Facebook page only has 5,000 fans.