The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has a new plan, and it is to put the motto “In God We Trust” on the back of the office vehicles.
The office said a few days ago on its Facebook page that in the coming months and years the police vehicles will have a “patriotic look.”
The plan is to accompany the motto with the American flag on the side and the phrase “In God We Trust” on the back part.
Many people seem to like the idea but atheists and agnostics oppose it. A national association of atheists and agnostics is calling Sheriff Wayne Ivey to stop the plan.
But in response, Ivey says that the plan has the support of the community and that the change will cost county taxpayers nothing.
Annie Laurie Gaylor is the Co-President of Freedom From Religion Foundation. She expressed her point of view by saying to Ivey that to adorn county vehicles is inappropriate.
“Spending taxpayer time placing religious messages on patrol cars is beyond the scope of secular government,” Gaylor wrote.
“Further, in a time when citizens nationwide are increasingly distrustful of law enforcement officers’ actions, it is frightening and politically dubious for the local police department to announce to citizens that officers rely on the judgment of a deity, rather than on the judgment of the law.”
“Spending time with taxpayers placing religious messages on patrols is beyond the reach of secular government,” group co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor wrote in a letter to Sheriff Wayne Ivey.
“Citizens should not be offended, excluded and liked by outsiders because the local government they support with their taxes exceeds their power by prominently placing a religious statement in the Office vehicles,” Gaylor wrote.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey said the suggestion of the patriotic motto was presented by a “very proud veteran“; He mentioned the idea after sharing with him how proud he is of the agency.
“The idea was presented to other members of our outstanding active, reserved and veteran military community who loved the idea and the new design!” Ivey wrote.