Sheriff refuses to take ‘In God We Trust’ off patrol cars

LEXINGTON, Tenn. (AP) — A West Tennessee sheriff is refusing to remove the phrase “In God We Trust” from his patrol cars.

Henderson County Sheriff Brian Duke told WBBJ-TV that he got a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation saying that the phrase doesn’t belong on government vehicles and asking him to remove it.

Duke said he added the national motto to about 20 cruisers last month.

Duke told the station that the U.S. Supreme Court has held that use of the phrase is legal, and he responded to the letter with a simple “no.”

The foundation says letters have been sent to other law enforcement agencies including in Dyer and Gibson counties.