Sheriff says ‘NO’ to removal request of Godly slogan on patrol cars

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HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — A watchdog group urges the Henderson County sheriff to remove “In God We Trust” from the department’s patrol cars. On Monday, Henderson County Sheriff Brian Duke said he received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation claiming the phrase has no place on government vehicles. “The U.S. Supreme Court says it’s perfectly legal,” Duke said. Duke said the motto was added to about 20 patrol cars last month. “A lot of people are going to be against it and a lot of people are going to be for it,” Henderson County resident Timothy Lynn Gordon said. The sheriff tells WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News he doesn’t feel he or the department have broken any laws and that he intends to keep the slogan right where it is. Duke did respond to the two-page complaint from the nonprofit. The written response to the organization simply reads “NO” in boldface font. “Basically everything I had to say I included in my letter,” he said. Some residents agree with his decision to stand by the phrase. “It’s what this country stands for,” Billy Franklin said. FFRF said in a phone interview a more accurate phrase would be, “In God some of us trust.” The nonprofit, with more than 23,000 members nationwide, said Henderson County residents could feel they’re being profiled if they don’t believe in God. Sheriff Duke said the current expression doesn’t single out one specific religion. “There’s so many religions that acknowledge the existence of a God,” he said. The sheriff said employees have made no complaints about the expression. The foundation said they’ve sent dozens of similar letters to law enforcement agencies across the country, including in Dyer and Gibson counties.

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Sheriff says ‘NO’ to removal request of Godly slogan on patrol cars

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HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — A watchdog group urges the Henderson County sheriff to remove “In God We Trust” from the department’s patrol cars. On Monday, Henderson County Sheriff Brian Duke said he received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation claiming the phrase has no place on government vehicles. “The U.S. Supreme Court says it’s perfectly legal,” Duke said. Duke said the motto was added to about 20 patrol cars last month. “A lot of people are going to be against it and a lot of people are going to be for it,” Henderson County resident Timothy Lynn Gordon said. The sheriff tells WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News he doesn’t feel he or the department have broken any laws and that he intends to keep the slogan right where it is. Duke did respond to the two-page complaint from the nonprofit. The written response to the organization simply reads “NO” in boldface font. “Basically everything I had to say I included in my letter,” he said. Some residents agree with his decision to stand by the phrase. “It’s what this country stands for,” Billy Franklin said. FFRF said in a phone interview a more accurate phrase would be, “In God some of us trust.” The nonprofit, with more than 23,000 members nationwide, said Henderson County residents could feel they’re being profiled if they don’t believe in God. Sheriff Duke said the current expression doesn’t single out one specific religion. “There’s so many religions that acknowledge the existence of a God,” he said. The sheriff said employees have made no complaints about the expression. The foundation said they’ve sent dozens of similar letters to law enforcement agencies across the country, including in Dyer and Gibson counties.

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