DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. [WRIC] — The Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office didn’t expect problems when they decided last August to place decals with the phrase “In God We Trust” on 25 of their cars.
Since then, some locals have complained that the decals violate their constitutional right to separation of church and state.
“When I saw an opportunity to get God back into just a little piece of our county, and into our country, it just meant a lot to me to be able to do that.” — Tina Hazelwood, Donated Decals
“When Amelia decided to put it on their cars about two months ago I was contacted by several citizens wanting to know if I would allow it in Dinwiddie,” Donald ‘Duck’ Adams, the Dinwiddie Sheriff, said in an interview Wednesday. “I had already gotten permission, so the only thing left was to find someone that would donate the materials because we didn’t want any charge to the tax payers.”
Resident Tina Hazelwood provided the funding, donating the 25 decals that she bought with her own money. Hazelwood declined to tell reporters the amount she paid.
“When I saw an opportunity to get God back into just a little piece of our county, and into our country, it just meant a lot to me to be able to do that… I just believe God has been taken out of the equation.”
“You are set up to do violence. I don’t see where the two mix. Just leave it off of there. Let the police be the police, and leave God alone,” Bonner said.
But supporters say the word God isn’t coercive and does not assert one religion over another. Others say it doesn’t matter to them either way.
Either way, with funding from Hazelwood, the department will put more decals on K-9 unit vehicles starting Thursday.