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Expert weighs in on 'In God We Trust' slogan

Placed in 1961, two identical bronzes: (1) Longworth House Office Building, main lobby, east wall. (2) Dirksen Office Building, southwest entrance, west wall of the US Capitol By USCapitol ("In God We Trust" Plaque) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Placed in 1961, two identical bronzes: (1) Longworth House Office Building, main lobby, east wall. (2) Dirksen Office Building, southwest entrance, west wall of the US Capitol By USCapitol ("In God We Trust" Plaque) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Heartland News reported "In God We Trust" is now emblazoned on all Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's vehicles.

Some take issue with religion crossing into a government agency, but experts say separation of church and state does not apply.

Several departments are adopting the slogan following the Missouri Sheriff's Association's decision to allow "In God We Trust" on vehicles.

And a professor of political science and religion said it's constitutionally sound.

The phrase "In God We Trust" is popping up on sheriff's vehicles in counties across Missouri, but that's not the first time it's crossed paths with government.

I'm sure you've noticed it's printed on our currency.

That didn't start until the 1950s and it's permissible thanks to a Supreme Court ruling.

The High Court said in this case the slogan loses all religious significance because it's used so often and is simply ritual at this point.

A term they call ceremonial deism.

"There will be a large part of the population, the Atheist community most obviously, that thinks, 'Gee, does the serve and protect apply to me now or am I being excluded by this?' but again if you take the court's interpretation, that no matter what the sheriff says this is just a ritual."

The Bollinger County Sheriff's Office was the latest to post on Facebook saying they have added the decals as well.

Decals were donated to both apartments at no cost to taxpayers.

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