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Georgia Sheriff's Office Is The Latest To Feature 'In God We Trust' On Patrol Cars

| by Sheena Vasani
Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Posting Religious Decals On Their CarsLumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Posting Religious Decals On Their Cars

Georgia’s Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office is the latest to stick “In God We Trust” decals onto their patrol cars.

“As of December 29th, 2015 all of the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office patrol cars will bear the emblem "IN GOD WE TRUST" as a symbol of our beliefs and thankfulness,” the law enforcement agency wrote on its Facebook page.

The move has proven controversial.

“I see your bumper stickers declaring your faith in God, at taxpayer expense," Facebook user Ryan Maher wrote on the agency's page on Jan. 2. "Let's see you and your deputies actually live that faith. I won't hold my breath."

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Others voiced their opinion that the police department's decision violates the separation between church and state.

However, not everyone disagreed with the "In God We Trust" decals.

“This country was founded on Christian principles by Christian people,” Facebook user Roger Jones wrote. “Contrary to the socialist president that we have right now, America is a Christian nation.”

Lumpkin County Sheriff Office is just the latest in a series of police departments in Georgia featuring the controversial national motto on their patrol cars.

Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats was the first officer in Georgia to post the decals on patrol cars, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in September 2015.

"Everybody's turned against the police, against God and against everything that I feel is good about this country," Moats told the Journal-Constitution. "I want people to know I'm a Christian man. I'm not a bad man. Christian values are good ... I don't understand how Christians have gotten such a bad name.”

"I'm not pushing my religion on anybody," he added. "I'm just putting our country's motto on my car."

Sources: Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office FacebookThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Photo Credit: Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Facebook