JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – One sheriff in eastern North Carolina is taking to social media to get folks in his county’s opinion on a controversial topic.
Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller posted on his personal Facebook page a question — if he would get the citizens support of decals that say “In God We Trust.”
He said these decals could be for sheriff vehicles with no cost to tax payers.
The Facebook post from about 4:30 on Tuesday said “If we put a “decal strip” on marked Sheriff’s Office vehicles, WITHOUT cost to taxpayers, would we have support of the majority of our citizens?”
The post sparked hundreds of shares and comments and Sheriff Miller told us about 95-percent of those he’s spoken with support his efforts.
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“For a majority of the people, they like to see that because I think it’s one of the principles our great country was founded on,” said Sheriff Miller.
Sheriff Miller says officers that wish to not have decals on their marked cars may do so.
He says he’s asking for sign vendors and folks in the community to donate the decals to the Sheriff’s Office.
Turkey Creek and Holly Ridge Fire Departments both commented on Miller’s post stating that they already have the “In God We Trust” decals on their emergency vehicles.
Several courts opinions from across the country say putting “In God We Trust” on public cars is not a violation of the first amendment.