Houston, Nacogdoches Counties pass 'In God We Trust' measure

Houston, Nacogdoches Counties pass 'In God We Trust' measure

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Commissioners in both Nacogdoches and Houston counties passed measures to allow for the use of 'In God We Trust'.

In Houston County, the commissioners all voted in favor of allowing for the motto to be put on law enforcement vehicles as well as to have plaques put in courtrooms.

"I wanted to bring it up to the commissioners to make sure we had a chance to discuss it and make sure we are all in line," Ford said.

In 2012, The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has asked the Houston County Courthouse to remove a manger off their courthouse lawn. Ford said he is not concerned about another attack.

"We follow what's right and if we have issues because of a result of it then we will work through those issues," Ford said.

In Nacogdoches County, vehicles for law enforcement will soon have the words put on them.

"I have waited until after the primary elections to address this, because I wanted people to know and understand that this was a genuine cause, and not something we were doing to generate media attention for political reasons," Sheriff Jason Bridges said. "As many of you know, there have been several law enforcement agencies across our country that has had these decals placed on patrol units. Over the last several months I have asked several people in our community their thoughts on this. I have received all positive feedback, and feel that our community strongly supports this."

Ford is not sure how the project will be financed in Houston County yet. Nacogdoches County already has someone donating to the project.

"I would like to thank Armadillo Signs and Wright Automotive who have donated these stickers to the Sheriff Office at no cost to the tax payers. Beginning next week, Armadillo Signs will start installing In God We Trust Decals on the trunk lid of all patrol units."

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