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Freethought Today · September 2015

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

FFRF combats ‘In God We Trust’ on law enforcement vehicles

FFRF sent letters in July and August to 30 sheriffs' and police departments around the country that have placed the controversial national motto "In God We Trust" on their vehicles. Law enforcement agencies contacted so far:

Brookfield Police Department, Mo.; Elizabethton Police Department, Tenn.; Greenup County Sheriff's Office, Ky.; Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Ill.; Laclede County Sheriff's Department, Mo.; Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, Mo.; McDonald County Sheriff's Department, Mo.; Linn County Sheriff's Department, Mo.; Marion County Sheriff's Office, Fla.; Ralls County Sheriff's Office, Mo.; Randolph County Sheriff's Office, Mo.; Ripley County Sheriff's Office, Mo.; Amory Police Department, Miss.; Bay County Sheriff's Office, Fla.; Bonifay Police Department, Fla.; Culpeper County Sheriff's Office, Va.; Halifax County Sheriff's Office, N.C.; Stone County Sheriff's Department, Mo.; Walton County Sheriff's Office, Fla.; Houston County Sheriff's Office, Ala.; Newton County Sheriff's Department, Mo.; Barry County Sheriff's Department, Mo.; Camden County Sheriff's Department, Mo.; Hempstead County Sheriff's Office, Ark.; Cole County Sheriff's Department, Mo.; Boaz Police Department, Ala.; Pineville City Marshal, Mo.; Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department, Mo.; Cave City Sheriff's Department, Ark.; and Lee County Sheriff's Department, Va.

FFRF reminds the agencies that citizens trust law enforcement officers to attend to their secular duties, not spend taxpayer money placing religious messages on patrol cars to the exclusion of the 23% of Americans who are not religious.

FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor added, "Further, in a time when citizens nationwide are increasingly distrustful of police actions, it is frightening and politically dubious to announce to citizens that law enforcement officers rely on the judgment of a deity rather than on the judgment of the law."