Sheriff Refuses To Remove “In God We Trust” From Police Cars Even After Receiving Numerous Complaints
Police officers know that once they report on duty, they are always putting their lives in danger. But that does not faze them. Even if every day is a surprise for them, they know what their sworn duty is, and that is to serve and protect.
For police officers, some days are better than others. And it cannot be avoided that they will have dangerous encounters. And for many of them, they believe that prayers, and by keeping their faith strong, they are confident that God is there to watch over them.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey from Brevard County, Florida is one of the faithful officers that we are talking about. And because of his faith, he stands his ground even after a small group of atheists and agnostics wanted him to remove the decals in his patrol car that say:
“In God We Trust.”
You see, these decals were a new addition to the department after it was announced lat October. Many are supportive of this – Christians, Muslims, Jews, and even other religions don’t have any problems with this Christian sign. However, a certain group of people is not happy.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation states that this message does not belong to a government vehicle.
Anne Laurie Gaylor, the co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), the decals are “beyond the scope of secular government.” She also stated that this was just a waste of taxpayer funding. “Further, in a time when citizens nationwide are increasingly distrustful of law enforcement officers’ actions, it is 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.”
The Brevard County Sheriff will not budge no matter what they say. In fact, he countered Gaylor’s claim.
In an interview with Fox News, the sheriff said, ”They have a better chance of me waking up thin tomorrow morning than they do of me taking that motto off our cars!” He added that he believes that America is at a “tipping point” and giving in to the complaints of the FRFF would be giving up his values.
The sheriff assured the community that the cost of the decals on these police cars did not come from taxpayers’ time and money. In fact, an organization called, Boniface Heirs Automotive Group, sponsored these new decals.
FRFF Florida Director David Williamson though did not agree with the Sheriff. He said, “Law enforcement officers take an oath to protect and serve all citizens. Displaying a preference for religion so clearly right on county property is a betrayal of that oath.”
To counter this, the Sheriff said, “I can assure you that the proud men and women of our agency are forever unwavering in our support of the constitution and the principles of our amazing country.”
The Sheriff is not the only one who is strong with his decision. The County Commissioner John Tobia is also supporting the Sheriff regarding this matter.
Many believe that these threats are just bullying tactics. The group was probably hoping that the community would concede with the atheists if they are able to call out the Sheriff’s department regarding the matter.