The decision to place the motto “In God We Trust” on every patrol vehicle in a small town has been met with mixed reactions.
In Rutherfordton, North Carolina, all 50 patrol vehicles will soon display the nation’s motto “In God We Trust.”
“It’s something I’ve been looking at for the last three months,” Sheriff Chris Francis said to WLOS News. “It's certainly a statement. But you know, we've gotten so far I believe as a country, from where we need to be.”
Francis said that sheriffs in other counties have also considered placing similar symbols on their vehicles, according to WGHP News.
“I want to make sure that my deputy sheriffs know what ‘In God We Trust’ means,” Francis said. “And how blessed we are to be citizens in America, to live in Western North Carolina and to be able to support our nation’s motto.”
Fairview Baptist Church of Golden Valley volunteered the funds needed for the project, so no money from taxpayers will be utilized for the religious decals.
“I’m sure that there will be many positive remarks,” Francis stated. “But I’m sure that with every decision I make I won’t make everyone happy.”
Although some residents are supportive of the decision, others believe that such a motto should not be displayed on a state vehicle.
“I think it's a bad idea,” said Geneva, who asked WLOS to not reveal her last name for fear of repercussions. “We have a separation of church and state in this country.”
“I think it's great,” said Anna Fuller, whose husband also works in law enforcement. “My husband's also a police officer in another county, so I support them 100 percent, always.”
“I didn’t have a vote in it, or I wouldn't have voted for it,” Geneva continued.
“There's other ways that we can bring spirituality back to our country than to maybe put it on a car like that,” stated Cheryl Rice.
Nevertheless, Francis is content with the decision and hopes that other counties follow his lead.
“I wish that more localities would show their patriotism, show what they believe in,” Francis said. “I think our nation would be in a different place if they would.”