152 Year Old Saying Is Going VIRAL- On Cop Cars!

152 Year Old Saying Is Going VIRAL- On Cop Cars!

The Tazwell County, Virginia Sheriff’s Department is jumping on board with other law enforcement agencies around the country by displaying a 152 year old saying on their cop cars.

Cop cars with motto

Cop cars with motto

The saying? “In God We Trust”

That’s right. The same motto that was put on US currency in 1864 is now being proudly displayed on official vehicles all across the nation.

Tazwell county Sheriff, Brian Hieatt, released a statement in which he said “Our department feels very strongly about having ‘In God We Trust’ on our vehicles.”

Though most people seem to be supportive, some are already crying foul. Several have jumped on the local news website to make clear their objections.

Those trying to cite “separation of church and state” are unlikely to succeed in the motto’s removal, though. A 1970 decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled:

“It is quite obvious that the national motto and the slogan on coinage and currency ‘In God We Trust’ has nothing whatsoever to do with the establishment of religion. Its use is of patriotic or ceremonial character and bears no true resemblance to a governmental sponsorship of a religious exercise.”

Other agencies have faced similar objections, but it doesn’t seem to be slowing the trend down. A few of the agencies also displaying the saying on their cop cars are:

  • Bay County, Florida (and about 30 surrounding agencies)
  • Stone County and Green County, Missouri
  • Greenup County, Kentucky
  • Jefferson County, Illinois
  • Hallifax County, North Carolina
  • Angelina County, TX (along with numerous additional cities)

Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen responded to critics and supporters alike by saying “Morals and ethics — that’s kind of what law enforcement’s supposed to be about.”

Well said, Sheriff.

*On an additional note- Separation of Church and State DOES NOT appear in any founding document. The concept is taken from a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association in which he reassured them they could practice without governmental interference.

© Vianna Vaughan


sources: WDBJ 7, USA Today