Tipton County (TN) Sheriff Quietly Adds IGWT

One of the most difficult parts of fighting the battle with is that we always seem to be playing catch-up. Usually, we discover another sheriff or police department has added to their vehicles after they announce it. Usually, we come across it on Facebook or if we stumble on a local news story covering it. But this time, for once, we are ahead of the game.

An anonymous source has told The Original Motto Project that Tipton County, Tennessee has placed IGWT on the rear bumper of their patrol vehicles. It appears that the phrase is part of the standard striping package for the vehicles, so it is likely that taxpayer funds are being used to promote the religious phrase.

Sheriff’s departments are, perhaps, the most difficult government agency to keep track of when it comes to IGWT. Unlike police departments or city councils, sheriffs often can act without approval on matters like vehicle decals. For example, in Greene County, Missouri, the money for their IGWT decals came directly out of the sheriff’s discretionary fund.

Thanks to Mr./Mrs. Anonymous for the heads up!



Image: Greene County Sheriff’s Department / Springfield News-Leader

Thomas Essel

Thomas Essel is an outspoken secular activist and serves as Assistant Director for The Original Motto Project. Thomas also writes for the Patheos Atheist blog Danthropology and his work has appeared in the Springfield News-Leader. You can contact Thomas at: Thomas@originalmotto.us