FL Sheriff Blows Off Complaints About New 'In God We Trust' Decals

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey is proud of new "In God We Trust" decals and doesn't care if some people are offended.

Brevard County, FL – A national atheist and agnostic group has demanded that the Brevard County sheriff abandon his plan to put “In God We Trust” decals on his department’s new patrol vehicles.

Freedom From Religion Foundation Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor sent Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey a letter on Oct. 28 expressing the group’s displeasure with the message on his patrol cars, Florida Today reported.

“In a time when citizens nationwide are increasingly distrustful of law enforcement officers’ actions, it is frightening and politically dubious for the local police department to announce to citizens that officers rely on the judgment of a deity, rather than on the judgment of the law,” Gaylor wrote.

She alleged that the decals were a misuse of taxpayer time and funds, and said that the decals were “a religious endorsement” that was “beyond the scope of secular government,” Florida Today reported.

But Sheriff Ivey was entirely unswayed by Gaylor’s complaint.

“They got a better chance of me waking up thin in the morning than they do of me not having that on our cars, and I think we both know that’s not going to happen,” he told WOFL. “It really represents everything that’s important to us here in our community.”

Sheriff Ivey said that the group’s letter “doesn’t even rise to the level of a response” from him, and that he is “focused on the important things,” WOFL reported.

According to Sheriff Ivey, the decals won’t cost taxpayers a dime, thanks to a generous donation by Boniface Heirs Automotive Group, Florida Today reported.

“We truly can’t thank A.J. and his team enough for all they continue to do for our community," the sheriff said. “As was previously indicated, the design is only going on new vehicles, as they rotate into our fleet, and not on already existing vehicles.”

Sheriff Ivey noted that his department spoke with local veterans before they finalized the new patrol car design, which also includes a sheriff’s star, a space shuttle, and a billowing American Flag.

"They greatly appreciated that we chose to honor the flag and principles of our great nation that our veterans fought to defend, and wondered why it was not already emblazoned on every vehicle we have," he told Florida Today.

The Florida Legislature adopted “In God We Trust” as the state’s motto in 2006, according to the paper.

Sheriff Ivey said that federal courts have repeatedly ruled that the use of the motto “in this context” is not unconstitutional.

“'In God We Trust' has nothing whatsoever to do with the establishment of religion,” the sheriff told Florida Today. “Its use is of a patriotic or ceremonial character, and bears no true resemblance to a governmental sponsorship of a religious exercise."

Sheriff Ivey posted photos and background information about the fleet’s new patriotic design in a Facebook post on Oct. 27.

“In the coming months and years as our agency replaces our patrol fleet, our residents will see new patriotic graphics on our marked vehicles that show just how proud we are of our country and the principles our great nation was founded upon!!” the sheriff wrote.

“To us there is no greater honor than to live in the greatest country in the world and serve as a law enforcement officer in Brevard County where our citizens love us, trust us and protect us just as much as we love, trust and protect them,” he added. “We hope you like the new patriotic design and as always...thank you for your amazing support of the nearly 1500 members of your Brevard County Sheriff’s Office!!”

Comments (73)
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Excalibr4
Excalibr4

These Satanists are really a twisted bunch. I'll bet they have no problems using the cash with "IN GOD WE TRUST" emblazoned on it, while transacting their drug deals.

61mouse
61mouse

So do these assholes spent money where in God we trust is written on too ??

JBo
JBo

If anybody who is offended by US currency with "In God We Trust" printed on it wants to get rid of it...PLEASE let me know...I can help you with that.

MSK
MSK

Bravo sheriff Ivey. I salute you sir!

flybynight
flybynight

In God We Trust......... all others pay cash. Thank you, the management.

Gmickel
Gmickel

So freedom from religion group complaining because the sherrif department is expressing its freedom of religion...hmmm...a little hypocritical there I think.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

God Speed sheriff! God Speed sir!

cspcapt
cspcapt

Good for the sheriff

malagushicome1957
malagushicome1957

GREAT JOB SHERRIF!!! 👍🏼

LEO0301
LEO0301

A stark difference between an elected official like a Sheriff and an appointed position like a Police Chief. A Chief would have bent over for the atheists offended by the words "In God We Trust". The sheriff's response is golden "“They got a better chance of me waking up thin in the morning than they do of me not having that on our cars, and I think we both know that’s not going to happen"

Forevrblue
Forevrblue

I will continue to trust in God protecting us all including every brave man and woman who wears that badge!!!!! Great job Sheriff!! To every officer who reads this...my prayers and my support will ALWAYS be with you!!!

Lawman004
Lawman004

God Bless America, and In God We Trust. Fantastic idea Sheriff, and my tax dollars can support you all the way. If it came down to political football, I, and many others would donate to make this happen.

The problem with our country today is we have become the land of the offended!

Steafan
Steafan

Sheriff Ivey and the rest of the BCSO rocks! I'm glad he is running for reelection!

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

I'm collecting all US currency that offends anyone since it has In God We Trust on the back of it.

In fact, if I were someone offended by those words, I'd withdraw my entire savings account out in cash.

Stanracer
Stanracer

I'm an atheist but I'm siding with the sheriff here. Everyone has the right to believe or not believe in whatever they want. And I'm sure the Freedom from religion group spend cash that has "In God we trust" written on it. They need to lighten up a bit.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

How many here would change their minds if the sticker said " in atheism we trust"?

spitfirexiiv
spitfirexiiv

He sure is better than the last Sheriff!

NYXX
NYXX

Good man Sheriff!!! 💙

tfort
tfort

No problems here. My concern would be if the next Sheriff is not Christian, what might be on the cars.

Dindu Nuttin
Dindu Nuttin

It doesn't say "In Christ We Trust". This has zero to do with Christianity. There are literally BILLIONS of people that believe in God (a deity) that don't believe Jesus is the Son of God. But from what I've seen of your posts you will defend any wrong statements you make. Some ego issue or something.

NomonK
NomonK

This slogan is over the doors entering the US SUPREME COURT, It's printed on every Green Back in your wallet. The Atheist and all Christian Haters despise the slogan. Sorry. To inform all you Haters, YOU WILL NEVER BE SUCCESSFUL IN REMOVING GOD NOR HIS SON FROM AMERICA.

Sworn to Serve
Sworn to Serve

It's about time some of these Sheriff's and Police Chief's start standing up and acting like they got a pair against these left-wing, anti-police, anti-religion, anti-american groups. "We the people" have had enough.

nocolor needed
nocolor needed

it's not his choice, his employer cannot show favoritism. it's the law. if he ignores that one how many more? search without warrant? assault? worse???

Nielson
Nielson

First Amendment Rights. ... A careful reading of the First Amendment reveals that it protects several basic liberties — freedom of religion, speech, press, petition, and assembly. Interpretation of the amendment is far from easy, as court case after court case has tried to define the limits of these freedoms.

Nielson
Nielson

If people don't like the mention of God or In God We Trust which has been the foundation of America why don't they pack up and move to another country where they will feel much better