The national motto “In God We Trust” can be seen in city and county chambers across America. Soon the motto will also been seen on police cars in Kern County.

The Delano City Council voted 3-1 on Tuesday to allow “In God We Trust” decals to be placed on Delano Police Department vehicles. Councilman Bryan Osorio was the lone no vote.

While municipalities in other states have taken similar action, proponents believe this is the first time a California city has put the motto on police cars.

“We think this will set a precedent that will hopefully catch on in other cities. We want every city in our county to follow Delano’s lead,” said David Vivas, a pastor with World Harvest International Church who proposed the idea to the council on Tuesday. “This sends a strong statement to the community.”

Vivas said he has been researching over the past year how cities in other areas of the country have implemented such decals and thought it would be an appropriate fit for Delano and Kern County.

“As a patriotic American, I believe it is appropriate to have these decals placed on police vehicles,” he said. “This is not an endorsement of any religion nor does it violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment. This does not infringe upon a person’s right who chooses not to believe in God.”

Osorio said that while he respects the motto, he believes there needs to be a healthy separation between church and state.

“I’m a Catholic, so I see the importance of expressing your faith, but this is something that needs to be separated from a government agency,” he said. “We’re supposed to be neutral and nonpartisan as an agency. I think keeping that distinction is important.”

While Vivas understands the motto has religious connotations, he said it’s more about expressing patriotism.

“This is a part of American history, a sign of how much we love and appreciate our nation,” he said. “Our intent wasn’t to impose specific religious views.”

Vivas said he believes the decals could help provide a more positive image for the police department.

“There’s been such a smear against law enforcement agencies in recent years that they’re the bad guys,” he said. “I really believe people need to be reminded of the good that law enforcement does. Putting these decals on could change people’s perspective to one that is more positive.”

Bakersfield City Councilwoman Jacquie Sullivan said she is very excited about the development, having been part of a movement to have the motto placed in City Council chambers. The council approved displaying the motto in 2002, with the county Board of Supervisors following suit.

“This is huge news. This sets an example I hope many will want to follow,” she said. “This is a very courageous and bold move.”

Sullivan said to her knowledge the City Council has not considered adding the national motto to police cars, but said it’s something she wants to bring to the council’s attention in the near future in light of the Delano City Council’s historic vote.

Vivas said in talking with the Delano Police Department, the plan is currently to place the decals on the back bumpers of the 50 or so patrol cars. The design of the decals is in the process of being completed.

“We hope the decals will be paid through donations from private citizens,” he said. “We want to make sure they’re not paid for through taxpayer dollars.”

Joseph Luiz can be reached at 395-7368 or by email at jluiz@bakersfield.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @JLuiz_TBC. 

(21) comments

Ciscojav

This is all starting to look like part of a ploy to "put in check" a young progressive city council man who is a threat to the rest of the much "older, politically conniving" Delano city council. The "Delano Swamp" is threatened because he got the most votes, for his individual office, than any of these other of these other "Swamp Creatuures" had received in years! This won't be the last time that an attempt will be made to weaken Bryan Osorio politically by making him appear anti-Christian and anti-American. The "Delano Swamp" needs to keep voter turnout low for each election cycle to insure re-election by just mobilizing their "minions" to vote and this is all taking place in District 4 which was created via a Federal lawsuit because historically these communities were victims of voter suppression due to a history of gerrymandering. Bryan Osorio is a "game changer" and the "Delano Swamp" doesn't like it when they don't have the upper hand with their local politics.

ReefRanger

Oh, here we go. Brace yourselves for the onslaught of those who think a phrase on a police car is going to force them to believe in a deity, or offend them in some manner. As if they don't have a personal choice to just ignore it like they ignore the inference of God's existence. RE/SMH

REMUDA

The First Amendment and FaceBook are not at issue here--obviously redundant cites.
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Also, In the 1770s, symbols of unity were common on the money --See emblems on Continental Currency that inspired and reflected E pluribus unum (which reflected ONLY upon THE SEAL).
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https://www.greatseal.com/mottoes/unum.html
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Perhaps the reference to "GOD" also shows a need for a reflection on 'MORALITY' as at the beginnings of this country . . . and on our streets.
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Although some may disagree, Archbishop Sheen ("No man hates God without first hating himself") also offered this 'picture', upon which Councilman Osorio might seriously reflect . . . since he 'introduced' his personal . . . "Faith" (?) into this 'mix':
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https://i.pinimg.com/236x/9a/2c/1b/9a2c1beb4607244fc95c4bba4abe316a--fulton-sheen-catholic-memes.jpg

Brien


Get your State sponsorship of a religion off of the tax-funded public service vehicles!!
That is an order!!!

Your city will be sued and you will lose the case and money - The People's money - and AFTER you have been fairly warned of the consequences!!!


https://cases.justia.com/federal/district-courts/virginia/vaedce/1:2016cv00932/348006/132/0.pdf?ts=1501081939

http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/ID/12959/HPD-Ordered-to-Pay-31K-over-Censored-Facebook-Comments.aspx

https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/elected-officials-cannot-silence-critics-on-social-media-appeals-court/article_2367c2d8-f7a0-5f70-8372-26943c033791.html?fbclid=IwAR2150jzwAMJIMMVmNCmnPmXMR8jEw5PsLtkSio1d9fVQhm9ZYlpREhdR18#utm_source=stltoday.com&utm_campaign=PoliticalFix&utm_medium=email&utm_content=EE0BDE7EF973F3EEFCAEF6B77971E3A6E9D5E1FB

https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/virginia/vaedce/1:2016cv00932/348006/132/

Patrician

Does this mean that the police department will be following the tactics of the McCarthyism red scare of the 1950s when this phrase officially replaced "E Pluribus Unum" with the help of of Knights of Columbus.? [ "E Pluribus Unum" was our nation's motto for 175 years!]
Does this mean we should NOT be trusting in a democratic system of government for our justice?
Do the police get to decide who is "God" and what God would do?
Which god?
Why didn't this story talk about how this is a national campaign promoted by local religion pusher?
So many questions on how this will be used...

REMUDA

"Evil may have its hour, but God will have His day." (Archbishop Fulton J.Sheen)

ISpy

It has been my experience that those types of words are often hollow (and clanging.)

larry dieter

I think is is a great idea and if Irlopez thinks this is wrong he should make good on how he is going to make it up top heraven

REMUDA

"Osorio . . . neutral" (your choice . . . ?)
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(Pledge of allegiance >>>. . . hand at his side . . . NOT speaking--"ONE NATION UNDER GOD . . . ")
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The United States Flag Code says:
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The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag—"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."[11]—should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.
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And for all the other Anti-Constitutionalists here . . . know this . . . LEST WE FORGET . . . how it all began . . .
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https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript
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ATTRIBUTION . . .
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"NATURE'S GOD . . . CREATOR . . .THE SUPREME JUDGE OF THE WORLD . . . "
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In Congress, July 4, 1776.
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The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of NATURE'S GOD entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by THEIR CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
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He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
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He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
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He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
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He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
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He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
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He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
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He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
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He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
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He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
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He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
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He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
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He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
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He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
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For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
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For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
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For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
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For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
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For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
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For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
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For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
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For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
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For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
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He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
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He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
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He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
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He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
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He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
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In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
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Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
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We, therefore, the REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to THE SUPREME JUDGE OF THE WORLD for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other OUR LIVES, OUR FORTUNES AND OUR SACRED HONOR.

REMUDA

"And . . . . with a firm reliance on the protection of DIVINE PROVIDENCE . . . "
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( . . . .for and upon those others we ask and hope to traverse our highways and byways . . . to keep us SAFE . . . We also FIRMLY STATE and PLACE our "TRUST IN GOD" ).

Patrician

REMUDA, you DO understand that they decided to NOT have a government with a religion affiliated with it like England had, right? Out of 13 colonies, only VA had no official religion and that is the model they all decided to use for the new nation and when they wrote the constitution they eliminated any reference to Jesus, Christianity, the Bible, and only used the euphemism "creator" because many were Deist who did not believe any god played a role in daily life. It is a secular document, even tho' there was plenty of pressure to include religion.

Brien

Btw - there are no gods....
[try proving one exists...]

ReefRanger

That's your atheist opinion. Try proving one DOESN'T

Boogerface Nutter

That's only part of the national motto. the entire thing is:
"In God we trust-all others please pay cash"

lrlopez74

Dear Right Wing Hyprocitical Christians,
Instead of publicly endorse your version of Christianity, how about you shut your mouths and open your Bibles to Matthew 6:6. People who make a show of their religion are not favored by any God.

ReefRanger

Neither are obvious haters. Maybe you should shut your mouth and try actually reading (and comprehending) the Bible, particularly the many parts dealing with LOVE AND HATE, instead of cherry-picking scriptures which seemingly fit your hate-filled rhetoric. You obviously don't even understand the scripture you posted. "In God We Trust" is a slogan, NOT a mandate. If you don't trust in God, (or religion, or whatever) then ignore the words and move on! No one is forcing you to take those words to heart. Although, in your case, I wouldn't want to be standing near you at Judgement Day. You might also want to see a surgeon about removing that plank from your eye.

lrlopez74

This is why I HATE Christians. You hypocrites would sh-t bricks if Muslims wanted to put a verse from the Koran on a cop car. What do you people not understand about the First Amendmnet and the separation of church and state?

lrlopez74

This is why I HATE Christians. You hypocrites would sh-t bricks if Muslims wanted to put a verse from the Koran on a cop car. What do you people NOT UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE FIRST AMENDMENT AND THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE?

Gene Pool Chlorinator

You do know that the first amendment doesn't specifically state there is a separation of church and state, right? Thomas Jefferson is actually credited with coining that term, but he meant the government should not have any influence over the religious opinions of man; basically, so even you can understand, the government is forbidden from establishing a national religion or prohibiting freedom of individual religious opinion.
I fail to see how placing some words on a car amounts to the government establishing a religion...
And regarding your Matthew 6:6 reference, that part of scripture actually has nothing to do with where we pray- only to the reason we are praying. If we are selfless in prayer and not prideful, we can pray wherever we want. Perhaps you should include verses 5 through 8 and that might help to make it more clear to you...

ReefRanger

irlopez only knows hate, so he probably shouldn't be quoting ANY scripture, but should be immersing himself in a contextual and comprehensive study of the Bible instead.

JR

I thought the us Constitution stipulates that religion and state should be kept separate. It is wrong for police cars to display that decal as it discriminates against those who believe otherwise or simply do not want a biased police department but one that is kept neutral.

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