Religion

Texas Official Puts 'In God We Trust' on Back of Envelopes (Video)

| by Michael Allen

In Tarrant County, Tx., Tax Assessor-Collector Ron Wright decided to print the words “In God We Trust" on the back of county envelopes.

“It’s iconic,” Wright told CBS Dallas-Fort Worth (video below). “It’s part of who we are. It helps define us as Americans.”

Wright says some may see “In God We Trust" as a religious statement because it mentions "God," but he claims it is patriotic because President Eisenhower made “In God We Trust” the country's motto in 1956 during the Cold War against Russia, which was often called a "godless nation" by Americans.

“I think it was more seeing the elimination of the phrase and how things that have been iconic to us and have been important to us historically because of lawsuits and things like that,” stated Wright. “People are almost afraid to mention God anywhere officially.”

CBS Dallas-Fort Worth repeatedly mentioned that "In God We Trust" already appears money, but not everyone agrees it's a good idea.

"I was shocked to notice a phrase added to the envelope for my vehicle registration sticker from Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector Ron Wright," Leslie Weid Fraser wrote to the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

"On the back of the envelope was the phrase 'In God We Trust,'" added Fraser. "I consider that a violation of the doctrine of separation of church and state. It is true that my coins and bills contain this phrase, but it has been on those for years and I suppose I have grown accustomed."

"This is something new and a lot closer to home," stated Fraser. "Those are my tax dollars, and I don't want them funding a religious opinion. The doctrine of separation is there to keep government from promoting or advancing any religion over another. Religion is personal and should not be included on any envelope used by a government office."

Sources: CBS Dallas-Fort Worth, Fort Worth Star Telegram