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Atheist group protests ‘In God We Trust’ on police vehicles


A group of people in Mt Vernon met on Saturday in Mt. Vernon to protest after the words “In GOD we trust” were added to the back of the Jefferson County Sheriff Department’s squad cars in August.

The event was organized by the southern Illinois Atheists, and was held on the outskirts of Mt. Vernon in Jefferson Co.

Attendees say they often fall victim to religious discrimination both in the workplace, and at home.

A few of them said the goal is to raise awareness and eventually have the stickers removed.

Organizer Rob Johnston quoted religious freedom all Americans are promised in the first amendment, and called the stickers an ‘open form of discrimination’ that “does nothing but divide residents.”

 “I just want to be accepted in the community” Johnston explained, “and we are taxpayers… if we are to be treated equally just like the Christians or the Jews or the Muslims, then we should all have a say in this.”

Sheriff Travis Allen said he has no intention of removing the stickers, which were donated by a local business owner.

Allen said his reasoning was based on the belief that the country was founded on Christian principles.

The stickers can be seen on 12 of Jefferson county’s marked sheriff department vehicles.

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