A Texas county added "In God We Trust" to some of its official correspondence. The motto, which appears on U.S. currency, was printed on the Tarrant County tax assessor's envelopes and next year will be printed on tax statements.


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There have been some complaints from people who argue it violates the separation of church and state. The county's tax assessor Ron Wright explained his decision this morning, saying it's "surprising" that this is even controversial.

"It is a timely reminder of the values upon which our nation was founded. It's historic, it's iconic. Things that are iconic to Americans, like the motto, and the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem have helped define us as a nation," said Wright.

He said the critics of his decision are "perpetually offended and aggrieved" and seem to always be bothered by things that are fine with most Americans. Wright noted that the "In God We Trust" motto applies to all religions and all Americans.

One local critic, in a letter to a Fort Worth paper, argued that tax dollars should not be used to fund a "religious opinion." Wright pointed out that it only cost an extra 3 bucks to print the motto, a price tag covered by a supporter from Kansas who mailed Wright a $3 check.

Watch the full interview above.


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