Group asks sheriff to remove decals

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Epperly: 'I'm not doing that'

Just a few weeks after the Barry County Sheriff's Office and others across the state of Missouri affixed 'In God We Trust' decals to their vehicles, the Freedom From Religion Foundation asked sheriffs to remove them.

In response to the Missouri Sheriff's Association's unanimous decision to put the decals on every sheriff's office vehicle, the group offered to send the association 'In Reason We Trust' decals to post alongside 'In God We Trust.'

Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly disagrees with the foundation's view and will not be removing the decals, he said. According to Epperly, someone from the foundation made a comment on their webpage protesting the decals, which spurred the controversy in Barry County.

"That is our constitutional right to put that on there, and it is our national motto," he said. "They wanted us to put a different motto, and I'm not doing that."

"Statements about a god have no place on government-owned property," said Laurie Gaylor Foundation co-president. "Hundreds of thousands of Missourians do not believe in a monotheistic god or any gods, and posting 'In God We Trust' on patrol cars unequivocally signals bias against nonbelievers."

The foundation, which is based in Madison, Wis., and has 23,000 members nationwide, has sent over 27 letters to sheriff's offices, police departments and city governments in Missouri protesting the decals. The non-profit group identifies itself as an association of free thinkers, including atheistic and agnostics, which strives to separate religion from government.

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  • This is typical Ozark. Good grief

    Also, the government armies of the Antichrist will claim to be doing gods will as they persecute the True Believers in Jesus. Could this be the beginning?

    Having a decal on a police vehicle claiming that they trust in a 'god' is removing their responsibility to uphold the Law, based on logic and reason, any hillbilly can tell you, there is the law, and there is Gods Law. Lets NOT confuse them.

    We don't need an already arrogant, man-with-a-badge and gun gang, believing they are backed by a god and proclaiming they trust in a god, come on, only na*ve fools trust anything/anyone in this World.

    But this is the stuff that makes the Ozarks the ozarks

    -- Posted by ozarklibmom on Thu, Oct 15, 2015, at 6:40 AM
  • His argument is very compelling filled with valid points and reasoning 'I'm not doing that'. Southwest Missouri will fight tooth and nail in order to shove Christian views down your throat and this is what is holding us back from progress and equality.

    People often confuse constitutional rights but rarely do they read it. Fact: "God" does not appear in the Constitution. It does appear in the Signatory section, where the date is written: "Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven". The use of the word "Lord" here is not a religious reference, however. This was a common way of expressing the date, in both religious and secular contexts.

    Epperly has a right to his religion freedom but that should stay at home or at church. There is no justifiable reason for religion and law to be one and the same. The only rebuttal I have ever heard is "This is America, if you don't like it you can get out". If we want equality, if we want progression then we need to consider EVERYONE's beliefs. But what do I know? I am just a heathen.

    -- Posted by KARMA08 on Thu, Oct 15, 2015, at 9:44 AM
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