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October 6, 2015

MO Sheriffs Under Fire Over Posting of National Motto

A national atheist organization is demanding that Missouri sheriffs remove decals with the words "In God We Trust" from their patrol cars.

The Missouri Sheriffs Association voted unanimously in August to decorate their squad cars with the words of our national motto.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has now sent a letter to sheriffs in Missouri insisting that the decals violate the "separation of church and state."

"Statements about a God have no place on government-owned property," says Annie Gaylor, President of FFRF.  "Hundreds of thousands of Missourians do not believe in a monotheistic God or any gods.  Posting 'In God We Trust' on patrol cars signals bias against nonbelievers."

If the decals are to stay, Gaylor's group has offered to send "In Reason We Trust" stickers for Missouri sheriffs to post alongside the national motto.

Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott says the "In God We Trust" decals are going to remain.  "Here's how I feel about it.  It's our nation's motto.  It's on all of our currency.  It's on our county seal.  It's probably in 75 percent of the courthouses in the United States."

Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed had a more pointed response.  "Let me ask the ones that want this gone from our vehicles this:  Have you ever woke up and put on a uniform with a badge on your chest?  These officers need God with them every day.  They put their lives on the line every day."

"Ozark County will stand strong in our belief," Reed added.  "There's a reason law enforcement officers have put this on our vehicles.  It's because we believe in God, and He is our protector."

The President of the Missouri Sheriffs Association, Rodney Herring, says that the Stone County Sheriff's Department was the first to make the move, and that the association voted unanimously to show solidarity with the Stone County department by doing the same.

"In the times we're in right now and how law enforcement is viewed negatively, we are looking for something positive," says Herring, who is the Sheriff of Grundy County.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader had slapped the decals on his department's patrol vehicles in July, saying at the time that "there has been no better time than now to proudly display our national motto."

Missouri sheriffs are not the only targets of Gaylor's atheist group.  Similar letters have been sent to law enforcement agencies all across the country.

The police chief of Childress, Texas has also decided to stand firm in his decision to post the decals on his department's squad cars.  Chief Adrian Garcia says they were affixed following the death of Texas law enforcement officer Darren Goforth, who was murdered while refueling his vehicle at a gas station.

"With all the assaults that are happening across America on law enforcement, I just felt that it was time to have somewhat of a rally cry," Garcia said.  "What better thing to say than have our national motto on our patrol units."

Garcia sent this reponse to Gaylor:  "After carefully reading your letter, I must deny your request...and ask that you and the Freedom from Religion Foundation go fly a kite."

How encouraging it is to see those who are called on "to preserve and protect" recognizing that God is their and our ultimate Protector.

We encourage you to send a note to the Missouri Sheriffs Association thanking them for the bold stand they have taken in support of our nation's founding principles.

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Presented Award
for Christian Courage
A Kentucky county clerk who refused to affix her name to "marriage" licenses for same-sex "couples" has been honored by Christian leaders for her personal integrity.  Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was presented with the "Cost of Discipleship Award" by the Family Research Council at the organization's recent Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C.

"Men and women of integrity are few in number but deep in character," said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins in presenting the award to Davis. "Kim Davis wasn't looking for this fight, but she was not going to run away from it either.  When other people might have cowered in fear, Kim Davis took a stand.  Millions of Americans stand with her and for the religious freedoms upon which our nation has founded."

While there has been legitimate debate (including among those in the Christian community) as to whether Kim Davis should have resigned her office in the face of a moral dilemma, about one thing there should be no debate.  Kim Davis proved herself to be a rare public official who was willing to put her commitment to the principles of God over her subservience to the wisdom of man.

Unlike so many in public office, Kim Davis refused to divorce her religious convictions from the performance of her public duties.  Unlike so many individuals in the workplace, Kim Davis was unwilling to separate her actions on the job during the week from her profession of faith in the church house on Sunday.  Unlike so many "patriotic" Americans, Kim Davis put her allegiance to God before her allegiance to country.  

Many have suggested that it was the official responsibility of Kim Davis to honor the rule of law.  Indeed, Kim Davis took an oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Kentucky.  Yet there is not a single word in either document that calls for the redefinition of the sacred institution of marriage.

It is the U.S. Supreme Court that repudiated the rule of law by contravening every longstanding principle of American jurisprudence in their decision redefining marriage and the family.  The philosopher-kings on the High Court based their decision on "new insights and societal understandings" and "new dimensions of freedom," not on the rule of law.  Anthony Kennedy and his liberal colleagues imposed their own moral code on the nation in direct defiance of the rule of law.

The fact that Kim Davis was jailed by a federal judge for her refusal to legitimize immoral relationships as marriages is one of the most outrageous episodes in the history of the American justice system.  There are violent offenders walking the streets every day in this country who have been released on bail pending their trial.  Kim Davis was not offered the same, despite the fact that she was a threat to nobody except those espousing the homosexual-obsessed liberal orthodoxy of the day.

If Kim Davis should have been behind bars because she failed to comply with the "law," then so should have St. Louis City Mayor Francis Slay and City Recorder of Deeds Sharon Carpenter.  These officials issued clearly unlawful "marriage" licenses to same-sex couples last year, yet noone suggested that they be jailed for acting in brazen defiance of the rule of law.  Instead, the ultraliberal media commended them for breaking the law.
"Having Kim Davis in federal custody removes all doubt of the criminalization of Christianity in our country," commented former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.  "This is a reckless, out-of-control decision that undermines our fundamental right to religious liberty."

We have previously observed that the day is rapidly approaching in this country where Christians will be deemed ineligible for public office.  Individuals have already been passed over for federal judgeships because of prejudice against their Christian faith.  Now we have arrived at an hour where no Christian can in good conscience fulfill the duties of a county clerk or recorder of deeds. 

"Those who are persecuting Kim Davis believe that Christians should not serve in public office," said U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.  "Make no mistake about it--they believe Christians have no place in the public square.  More and more people of faith will face the penalties Ms. Davis is now encountering if we do not make the necessary accommodations so people can not just worship but live out their faith in their lives," Cruz added.

Ms. Davis has not only been subjected to incarceration, but the most vile forms of hateful vitriol from homosexual rights activists.  Her husband was told that their home would be burned down while they were both sleeping in the house.  Her husband was told that he would be beaten and tied up and forced to watch individuals rape his wife.

Prior to her imprisonment, Davis said:  "This has never been a gay or lesbian issue for me.  This is a heaven or hell issue for me and every other Christian that believes. 
I don't want to be in the spotlight.  I certainly don't want to be a whipping post.  I'm just a person that has been transformed by the grace of God.  I just want to serve my neighbors without violating my conscience.  I've weighed the cost and I'm prepared to go to jail.  This is a fight worth fighting."

FRC President Tony Perkins had these words to share in presenting the award to Kim Davis:  "Whether it was Abraham Lincoln [standing against] the Dred Scott decision, or Rosa Parks refusing to sit in the back of the bus, or Martin Luther King risking the call of police dogs to end legal segregation, our nation has been ennobled by historic citizens who declared their unwillingness to accept rulings and statutes that conflict with the laws of nature and nature's God."

"As Martin Luther King wrote in his famous letter from a Birmingham jail, 'one has not only a legal but moral responsibility to obey just laws, but conversely one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.'  It is time for Christian leaders who hold positions of public trust to resist the edicts of unelected and unaccountable rulers who issue unjust edicts that conflict with the truth of God."

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