DeKalb Co. sheriff: 'In God We Trust' is a national motto

Published: Sep. 29, 2015 at 5:55 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2015 at 5:55 PM CDT
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DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A police chief in Texas recently received a letter from the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), demanding he remove the, 'In God We Trust' off their patrol cars.

Now, DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said another Alabama sheriff's received a letter from the foundation saying they want, 'In God We Trust" removed from sheriff's department equipment.

FFRF is a national state and church watchdog organization that sent 27 additional letters two weeks ago to sheriffs' offices, police departments, and city governments all over the country that have placed the stickers on their cars. One of those letters made it to the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office in  Alabama.

Harris said the Freedom from Religion Foundation acknowledged that 22,500 of their members represent only a small percentage of the population of the U.S. The 200 members from Alabama also make up a small fraction of the state's total population.

Sheriff Harris said, that percentage is not large enough to denounce the majority of voters of this country or in Alabama.

In a letter sent to the Missouri Sheriff's Association on Sept. 22, Freedom From Religion Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor wrote,"Statements about a god have no place on government-owned property." Hundreds of thousands of Missourians do not believe in a monotheistic god or any gods, says Gaylor, and posting "In God We Trust" on patrol cars "unequivocally signals bias against nonbelievers."

The sheriff went on to say "about the same percentage of people in America and Alabama do not like guns, but officers of law enforcement cannot leave their guns at home and perform the position of public safety just to satisfy the few that do not like guns," said Sheriff Harris.

"Majority wins, not minority" said Bobby Timmons, the president of the Alabama Sheriff's Association.

"I am in total agreement with President Bobby Timmons on this matter," said Harris. "Why would we want to take "In God We Trust" out of everything, it has everything to do with American history, tradition and our culture."

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