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McDonald County Sheriff's Office Adds "In God We Trust" Bumper Stickers to Patrol Cars

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MCDONALD COUNTY, MISSOURI -

Captain Allison of the McDonald County Sheriff's Office carefully puts on the finishing touches to his patrol car, a new decal reading "In God We Trust."

"It makes me very, very proud and happy. As well, it's the same consensus with all of our deputies and our employees that they're proud to have our national logo, our county's motto, on the patrol cars,” says Captain Allison.

The decals were approved unanimously last week at a Missouri Sheriff's Association Conference in Branson and will decorate the Sheriff's fleet of twenty patrol cars.

Captain Allison says no taxpayer dollars were used for these new decals and he hopes the community will embrace the department's new look.

“We feel the citizens of McDonald County will feel the same way too. They'll be proud to have that displayed on the patrol vehicles."

But the American Humanist Association is speaking out, saying the nation's motto violates the constitution's separation of church and state.

The further spread of it into municipalities and now on police cars is obviously just an attempt to promote a kind of Christian right world view. And it's a theistic statement, not a statement of any kind of secular purpose at all,” says David Niose of the American Humanist Association.

But Captain Allison disagrees and says the motto is part of our heritage.

"Our country's founding fathers… this is something that they have based everything that they have done and created off of was the ‘In God We Trust’ and I'd like to see that continue throughout time,” says Allison.

“In God We Trust” replaced “E pluribus unum,” out of many one, in 1956. The AHA would like to see a resurgence of the nation's original motto.

"Any national motto should be something that unifies the country, something that everyone can agree on, and it's inclusive,” says Niose.

Stone County, Lawrence County, and Christian County have also put them on their vehicles and Captain Allison says he expects most of the rest of the state to follow suit.

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