Texas business owner offers to pick up the tab for 'In God We Trust' bumper stickers

A Texas police patrol car with the 'In God We Trust' decal.(Facebook/Childress PD)

A business owner in Forney, Texas has agreed to foot the bill for the printing of "In God We Trust" decals for city vehicles.

Jay Stinson, owner of the Big Jay's Signs and Shirtworks, will provide the decals for free after the Forney City Council approved on Tuesday a resolution for the use of the motto.

City Resolution 16-06 cites that in 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower signed Public Law 84-140, which was passed by the 84th Congress, directing the Treasury to use "In God We Trust" on U.S. currency.

Last November, it states, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a legal opinion that police cars showing the motto do not violate the First Amendment's Establishment Clause.

The use of "In God We Trust" symbolises the city's desire "to display a patriotic motto that will honour the patriotism of our citizens," the resolution says.

"I believe in the words of this motto. I believe that our country was founded on this motto and believe that this project will be a small step to unite our community and make people feel better about our police and fire entities," Stinson told ABC News.

The decals will be placed on police vehicles and fire engines. Stinson estimates that the project will cost from $1,000 to $2,500.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) challenged last year the police department in Childress, Texas for placing the "In God We Trust" decals on its vehicles, saying such decals have "no place on government-owned cars."

Gov. Greg Abbott sided with the police department, saying, "There can be no doubt that courts in Texas would uphold the constitutionality of the Childress Police Department's decision."

Last month, the FFRF sued Sheriff Ronny Dodson of Brewster County, Texas for placing Latin cross decals on patrol vehicles.

"Whether it is a cross, a star and crescent, or a pentagram, law enforcement must remain neutral on matters of religion in order to foster public confidence in their impartiality," said FFRF co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor.