'In God We Trust' stickers placed on Jefferson Co., IL squad cars
JEFFERSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - On Friday afternoon, Aug. 14, some residents, the sheriff and officers gathered to see the "In God We Trust" motto placed on the first vehicle.
Todd Ham, the local business owner who donated all the stickers says he decided to do it because he felt it was needed.
""It was a no-brainer just to donate these," Ham said. "Because I think it's great. Everyone is trying to take God out of everything these days. And I just think it's good that Travis and Clint want to put God back in our sheriff's department."
The stickers will be placed on all 12 marked cars.
Sheriff Travis Allen said he will not bow down to the Freedom from Religion Foundation and will continue to stand up for the people of Jefferson County.
"This is our national motto, it's on every bit of our currency, it's important, it's the moral fabric of what our country's made of," Jefferson Co. Sheriff Travis Allen said.
That's why Sheriff Allen said he's putting "In God We Trust" on his squad cars.
The stickers were a decision drawing mixed reaction from the community.
"That's what our country was built on, it's as simple as that," Jefferson Co. resident Jessica Baird said.
"In God We Trust should be on the dollar bill only…not on the back of no police car," said Jerry Gill, of Jefferson Co.
"I personally do believe in God, but I would say that it could be discriminating towards certain people," Carla Moussette said.
Sheriff Allen got the idea from another department in Stone County, Missouri and was surprised by the amount of controversy it received.
"I can't believe that people were so upset about this, it's our country's motto." Sheriff Allen said. "It's on all of our national currency."
Sheriff Allen said all the deputies were on board for the stickers and while he got mostly positive feedback from the community, he knows this idea won't sit well with everyone.
"There's no doubt this will offend somebody," Sheriff Allen said. "My answer to that is that I'm never going to apologize for loving God, loving America and loving the principles this country was founded on. That's why we're all here today."
Jefferson County sheriff, Travis Allen recently received a letter from the Freedom from Religion Foundation urging him to remove the stickers, stating it was inappropriate to place the motto on government property.
But the sheriff says he won't do it.