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Sheriff Adds National Motto To Police Cruisers

While the trend of America is leaning away from Christianity, around 100 police cars in Green County, Missouri now have the national motto, "In God We Trust" written on their bumpers. In addition, a letter sent to Springfield News-Leader’s “Answer Man” by Laura Entwisle wrote, “I recently saw a Greene County sheriff's deputy's car with letters on the bumper that say, ‘In God We Trust.’ I called the sheriff's office and was told that Sheriff Jim Arnott decided to do this. If taxpayer money was used, is it legal? I'm asking because I am not of a faith that identifies with the name 'God' and I don't think I'm the only one.”

The answer to the letter is the action is probably legal because the phrase is America's national motto. Courts have ruled over and over that the phrase does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which separates church and state. When asked of his motives, Sheriff Arnott told a reporter “I made the decision. I had been meaning to do it since taking office in 2009 and I just got around to it.”

Regarding whether or not it's legal, Arnott responded “I'm guessing she is offended by it. If that's the case, I'm hoping that she does not use any of our currency either.” He also told the Springfield News-Leader “People ask me why I did it. The reason is because I like it.

Photo: Motor Trend, Ozarks First

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