Organization wishes to remove ‘In God We Trust’ motto, and causes passionate response

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - The executive director of the Alabama Sheriff's Association sent out a message recently, which resonated with some law enforcement officials in the Tennessee valley.

DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris responded with a heartfelt message Tuesday afternoon, after learning a non-profit organization called the Freedom From Religion Foundation wants the line "In God We Trust" eliminated from everything. However, the number of people within the organization from Alabama is minute.

"It was put on our coins, it was put on our money, it's been 59 years, almost 60 years now that it's been there, and then all of a sudden people want it off of everything they want it off the buildings, they want it off the money," says Harris.

It's not a phrase that's posted all over the place, but Harris says he's arguing the principle of the matter.

"We have the right to our opinions in America, but you know the only thing I'm trying to say is people need to stand up for what they believe in, to show other people that there's plenty of people that do believe in, In God we trust."

While the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office doesn't have facilities or equipment with that motto, Harris says it has everything to do with American history, tradition, and culture, and that more people should stand up and make that known.