When police embrace ‘In God We Trust’ (COMMENTARY)

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Sgt. Cuzzort, left, and Sherriff Rader of the Stone County Sherriff's Office in Missouri, stand in front of a patrol vehicle with a 'In God We Trust' bumper sticker. Photo courtesy of Stone County Sherriff's Office

Sgt. Cuzzort, left, and Sherriff Rader of the Stone County Sherriff's Office in Missouri, stand in front of a patrol vehicle with a 'In God We Trust' bumper sticker. Photo courtesy of Stone County Sherriff's Office

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Courts will always strike down biblical phrases and overt religious gestures by government, but “In God We Trust” is seemingly inviolate. Little wonder that Americans are confused about freedom of religion and government's role.

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  • George Nixon Shuler

    As support for forced religion goes down, those pushing for it grow increasingly more shrill and silly. If anyone has had the misfortune to have turned into a contemporary country western radio station, you can hear this at least hourly, mostly more. The right-wing opponents of the New Deal were rightfully worried about communism as World War II ended and strategized on how to fight it. They found average working folks didn’t find making the rich pay their fair share to be a bad idea, so they decided on the religion thing as a hook. The “Under God” was added to the Pledge in 1954 at the urging of the Knights of Columbus, that Catholic adult male fraternal organization which like The American Legion at the time, supplied a good portion of the right-wing’s useful idiots.

  • edwords

    What will it look like in a news photo, to see In God We Trust decals on a
    police car, at the scene of a terrible church bus crash? (God forbid)

  • This childish movement to place “In God We Trust” on all Government things
    is a direct attack on the Constitution.

    No government vehicle should be advertising a religion. It is shameful and embarrassing as an American.

    “Congress shall make no law establishing a religion…” – US Constitution

    So…You may trust in God privately but these cars are owned by the people! Get these childish religious signs off these cars!

  • Jon

    How can anyone seriously wonder if Christian privilege exists when stuff like this not only happens, but is defended by some, and even allowed to continue? .

  • MarkE

    To my (Christian) mind, I am more offended by the idea that IGWT is considered not to be a religious sentiment but a patriotic sentiment. That ruling and those who support it/rely on it to justify their actions are inherently dismissing the religious foundation of that phrase! Faith in God and religious observance is cheapened and devalued if there is no religious significance to it. Just as adding to the end of each political address “May God bless the United States of America” loses its strencth and validity when overused or said without forethought. If IGWT is not religious, then what is?

  • Polski Ogorki

    There is much to fear in police embrace. It can be very powerful embracing and limit freedom of movement.

  • Fran

    My trust and faith is solely based in God and his kingdom or heavenly government (Daniel 2:44; Matthew 4:17), since I am a theocrat, and my trust and faith is not in man nor his governments. I will respect man’s governments and its laws (as long as they don’t conflict with God’s laws) and pay its required taxes while they are “allowed” to operate by God (paying Caesar’s things to Caesar). However, I also believe that God should bless ALL good-hearted and meek persons on our planet, not just those in the U.S.A.

  • Sukhamaya (Sam) Bain

    “In God We Trust” is obviously about faith. To call it ‘about patriotism’ (love for the country) would be tantamount to calling the country ‘God’s country’, not a country that separates God from the state. In a country where religious faith is neither favored not disfavored, individual police officers should be allowed to put “In God I Trust” on the car that he/she uses, if that gives him/her some sense of personal safety in the job that requires him/her to risk his/her life. But “In God We Trust” should not be a motto for any kind of government organizations in the USA, if we are to claim that we have separated the state from religion(s). And all sensible countries would be expected to keep religion out of the business of the state.

  • Fran

    And all sensible religions that believed in God would be expected to keep politics out of their religions, a separation of church and state.

  • Fran


    The best is yet to come, from
    God, to us humans on earth, and I look forward to it with keen enthusiasm and happiness! I’m always for sharing good news.

  • Junebug

    Where is that police trust in God when confronted with a black kid with a toy gun, ET. AL.??

  • Larry

    Thank you for demonstrating why the claim that it somehow belongs on public property is completely without merit.

    You are absolutely correct.

    It is a purely religious statement. The whole “patriotic statement” reasons doesn’t even ring true of the supporters of “In God We Trust”. The claim that it is not has always been a weak, fact free, excuse to keep it around.

    You know its religious. The people putting it on know its religious. Its purely meant to claim public resources for the religious faith of those putting it on things. Under the Establishment Clause such a blatant endorsement of sectarian religious faith cannot be tolerated.

  • Alan

    The fact that police carry guns is evidence that they don’t trust in God.

    Gods are fictional characters so trusting in them seems silly at best. God is also the name of a confidence scam, and scams are generally considered illegal except when they are called religious. What does it say that police trust in a scam?