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In this file photo, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood speaks during a press conference.

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood will allow deputies and civilian staff to place “In God We Trust” decals on their vehicles in another victory for advocates of the national motto.

Recently the city councils of Bakersfield and Delano chose to place the decals on police vehicles, while Bakersfield also chose to place the decals on fire vehicles.

Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Angela Monroe said individual employees would be allowed to decide whether or not to place the decals on their vehicles.

Sheriff’s deputies are assigned specific vehicles that they drive every day, meaning a decal placed on one vehicle will only reflect the desires of that officer.

“It’s absolutely huge,” said local pastor Angelo Frazier, one of the main forces behind the push to add decals on local law enforcement vehicles. “It’s going to be a good thing for the community. I’m excited for it.”

Fraizer first proposed adding “In God We Trust” to Bakersfield police and fire vehicles in late May. He said he had wanted to also press county officials to add the decals as well, but chose to make the proposal to the city first.

But with Youngblood giving the OK for the decals without a formal proposal, the road seems clear for sheriff’s deputies to start displaying them on their vehicles.

Monroe said individual employees would be responsible for paying for the decals themselves. The change in policy is not expected to impact county coffers.

With both Delano, Bakersfield and now the Sheriff’s Office allowing “In God We Trust” decals on vehicles, the movement appears to be spreading throughout the county.

On Tuesday, the Shafter City Council is scheduled to consider approving the decals, and Frazier said Ridgecrest was also interested in a change in policy to put the national motto on the vehicles of its police force.

“Everybody’s following us now, it seems like,” Frazier said. “It’s kind of got some momentum.”

While advocates say the decals promote patriotism and reflect the values of the country’s founding fathers, many have spoken out in opposition of putting “In God We Trust” on vehicles.

Critics, which include the American Civil Liberties Union, say the decals violate the spirit of the separation of church and state and are not inclusive of those who do not believe in a Christian god.

You can reach Sam Morgen at 661-395-7415. You may also follow him on Twitter @smorgenTBC.

(18) comments

REMUDA

Where can we Citizens, Vets, MilRets, former "1st Responders", and other Patriots buy some . . . ?

Lilyrose

Grown people placing decals on public owned automobiles like a junior high kid on a public school desk. Hey, guess what....those aren't your personal cars. Got talked into it by a con-man. So juvenile.

Brien

Btw - until they prove their claims of their god - it is a lie!! Keep lies off of our government vehicles....

Brien

Send this to him and his sites: Get your State sponsorship of a religion off of the tax-funded public sites/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/

PedoHater

Sheriff is a clown and so is this stupid idea

Boogerface Nutter

Will the Sheriff be OK with those deputies who don't see eye-to-eye with this BS removing those same decals? Perhaps each deputy should be issued a magnetic plate which they might place on their individual doors with that silly saying on it. That way, if there are two deputies in a car, and one is, perhaps, an atheist, they don't feel forced to advocate some invisible, make believe spiritual being who will be dealing with the bad guys in place of the deputies.

RICHARDFITZWELL

There aren’t two deputies in a car. They are solo beat deputies and the only time you’ll see two in a car is when one is training. The cars are take home cars assigned to the deputy, no one else drives that car except that deputy.

Meeshka

Am I living on another planet?? With citizens suffering daily, all day long, from crimes because there aren't enough police and THIS is what they put time, energy and money into???

RICHARDFITZWELL

This is a situation that was brought to Donny. Donny didn’t ask for this. They came to him and he responded. He also said the deputies will pay for the decals themselves if they do wish to have it. Therefore no cost to the public and no real energy spent. Your issue with staffing falls in the BOS, not the department itself. The BOS refuses to address the situation.

GetReal2

The Board refuses to calendar Christian decals on patrol cars as an agenda item? Where is Jacquie Sullivan in this time of need?!!!

GetReal2

Finally, a Sheriff who will allow deputies the right to express their Christian Faith.

JR

This is infuriating and scary. Religion is a private and individual matter, not something the government should promote. I hope the ACLU takes the Kern Country Sheriff's Department to court for this breach of our US constitutional rights of keeping church and state separate. And this, In God We Trust decal, also smacks of Donald Trump far right policies and his pandering to the evangelicals.

GetReal2

JR, I'm pretty sure the ACLU strongly supports the First Amendment which includes the right to express Christian Faith on Patrol Cars. Or maybe you'd have a problem with MAGA decals, or at least bumper stickers, for patriotic deputies to uplift community morale.

Lilyrose

No maga hats or signs on public property. Patrol cars etc....why are you even thinking such things? What public servant wears on own time who cares.

Bodysnatcher

JR, if you’re out in a public setting and you sneeze and a uniformed deputy says to you, “Bless you.” will you demand the deputy take back the words? What if a deputy wishes you a Merry Christmas? Will you throw a tantrum? You and the other non-believers need to get over yourselves friend.

lrlopez74

In God and pedophle priests you trust.

Zest

Priests are NOT God...thank God!

lrlopez74

When fascism comes to this country, it will be draped in a flag and bearing the cross.

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