Religion

Mississippi Sheriff Adds 'In God We Trust' Motto to County SUV

| by Karen Eisenberg

Mississippi Sheriff, Charles Rinehart, took his Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department SUV to the shop for repairs and left with the phrase “In God We Trust” added to the bumper.

InMississippi Sheriff, Charles Rinehart, took his Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department SUV to the shop for repairs and left with the phrase “In God We Trust” added to the bumper.

In defense of his decision, Rinehart said, “'In God We Trust.' That's on all of our money. Our state seal now in Mississippi says ‘In God We Trust.' We've got a governor that has supported putting prayer back into our schools. So I think we're on the right track, as reported by WMC Action News.

So far, Alcorn County residents have shown support for the newly decorated Sheriff vehicle. Resident Sarry Swindle said, “This country was founded on God and I think it should stay in here.”

Law enforcement member, Mike Shipman also supports the phrase, “But I do believe in freedom of speech and everybody's right to their opinion. But we've got to get back to some basics, we've got to get God involved or we're going to loose our country.”

Rinehart plans to add the phrase to more SUVs in the future. He tells his opponents, “I am proud of it and if offends anybody, I'd be glad to sit down and talk to them about it.”

Separation of church and state has recently become an extremely contentious topic for debate. Supporters argue that the United States was founded on the values of and belief in God and therefore public displays of support should be allowed, while opponents argue that public displays of religious mottos and symbols are a violation of constitutional rights.

According to the U.S. Department of Treasury, the motto “In God We Trust” first appeared on the 1864 two-cent coin. The reason for placing this motto on U.S. coins was due to “the increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War.”

Sources: WMC Action News, U.S. Department of Treasury

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