Police cars in a North Carolina county will soon display “In God We Trust” decals thanks to support from a local church.
Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis said he’s been trying to display the nation’s motto on patrol cars for quite some time now, but it wasn’t in the budget, WLOS reported.
Fairview Baptist Church Pastor David Ledford learned of the project and decided to get involved. He offered to fund the decals and agreed to continue to fund the project as new vehicles were added to the unit.
Sheriff Francis gave thanks to Pastor Ledford in a press release.
“I am very appreciative of the church’s donation that has allowed this project to get underway,” the statement read, according to WLOS. “I wholeheartedly believe in our nation’s motto and am proud that it will be displayed on the Rutherford County Sheriff’s vehicles."
In October 2015, Texas resident Rick Ramirez protested the San Juan Police Department’s decision to include the “In God We Trust” motto on patrol cars, Valley Central reported. He claimed it violated separation of church and state.
“If one of his officers wanted to put a sticker from his own religion, say Muslim, say Jewish, say even Satanist religion, and they would say, 'I want my sticker, even if it is of the Santa Muerte,' would he, Chief Gonzalez, approve of it?” Ramirez asked the commission at the time.
It's unclear if Ramirez's protest resulted in any change in policy.