(AP) – A group dedicated to upholding the separation of church and state has asked sheriffs in Missouri to remove “In God We Trust” decals from their squad vehicles.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation argues that the motto is “exclusionary” of atheistic and agnostic citizens. Co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Wisconsin-based organization has suggested that sheriffs could replace it with a different decal, “In Reason We Trust.”
Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott tells the Springfield News-Leader that he doesn’t plan to remove or replace the decals anytime soon. He says “In God We Trust” is the nation’s motto, appearing on U.S. currency, courthouses nationwide and Greene County’s seal.
The Missouri Sheriff’s Association voted unanimously last month to place the decal on squad vehicles throughout the state.