Sheriff Keeping ‘In God We Trust’ Despite Atheists’ Complaint
A Florida sheriff won’t remove “In God We Trust” decals from his patrol cars after an atheist group complained. Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey added the new decals as a sign of patriotism and ceremony – it’s the national and Florida state motto.
Only one group has voiced opposition, however.
— Brevard Sheriff (@BrevardSheriff) November 7, 2019
Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Ivey that it’s “frightening and politically dubious for the local police department to announce to citizens that officers rely on the judgment of a deity rather than on the judgment of the law.”
Despite her opinion, Ivey insists the decals aren’t going anywhere.
“They have a better chance of me waking up thin tomorrow morning than they do of me taking that motto off our cars!” Ivey told Fox News.
Ivey also reminded viewers of his duty as law enforcement.
“As I tell everybody when you call 9-1-1, we don’t ask you what political party you’re affiliated with. We don’t ask you if you believe in God or if you don’t. We ask you where you’re at so we can come save your life,” he said during the Fox News segment.
Courts have regularly backed usage of the motto, which Ivey says is not a religious statement.
“It was the right thing to do and we’re standing by it,” Ivey told Fox News. “I personally believe that our country’s at a tipping point and if strong patriotic Americans don’t start standing up for the great principles of this great country we’re going to lose this great country.”
Fox News’ Pete Hegseth questioned how Gaylor’s organization raises money given that all American currency displays that very motto.
“Last time I checked, it’s freedom of religion, not freedom from religion,” Hegseth said during the segment.