AMELIA COUNTY, Va. — The phrase “In God We Trust” will now be displayed on all marked Amelia Sheriff’s Office vehicles. With the move, the Amelia County Sheriff’s Office joins other sheriff’s offices around in the country in adding the phrase, found on U.S. currency, to their law enforcement vehicles.
“The principles that this great nation were founded on are being attacked systematically. I feel it is refreshing in the age of political correctness to be able to stand for something that is of the utmost importance, not only to me personally, but how I run this department,” Amelia Sheriff Ricky Walker wrote on Facebook. “With the decals on the car, I am reaffirming the connection, commitment and support to one another in the line of duty and in the office of law enforcement.”
Money for the decals was provided by the Christ Family Outreach Church Men’s Group, according to the sheriff’s office. Signs at Work owner Alan Sloan donated his time to add the decals to the vehicles.
“I want to thank the men’s group and Christ Outreach Church as well as Alan Sloan for working together and supporting something that I have always felt strongly about,” the sheriff wrote.
The Amelia Sheriff’s Office Facebook post announcing the “In God We Trust” decals has been liked nearly 2,000 times.
“It’s about time someone is sticking to their belief in God,” Bonnie Pugh commented under the post. “God is being taken out of way too much stuff, but the Christians and anyone else has to put up with other peoples beliefs and bow down to them. This country and world is going to hell. I support you 100%.”
“About freaking time!” Raymond Thomas added. “We can tolerate and accept every other alternative lifestyle, every other religion, but we can’t express the reverence, the love and honor, for the God, that made this nation the most powerful and most blessed country in the world! In God I will forever trust!”
Other people who commented on Facebook noted the potential blurring of lines between church and state.
“It’s sad that a Virginia sheriff thinks so little of the First Amendment of the Constitution he swore to uphold and so little of his own religious faith that he’s willing to use God’s name as a raised middle finger to those who believe that the Constitution is the law of the land,” Jeff Wampler added.