Devout Christian suing Wood County over 'In God We Trust'
HAWKINS — "No phone, no lights, no motor car..."'
That's an old tv show theme song, but that's how Charles Frederick Scott III and his family live on a county road just outside of Hawkins.
They do have lights...but it's from solar panels...they have no bills, no social security, they live off the land, they hug instead of shake hands.
And they have strong opinions about God...and country.
Scott is 78 years old. He comes from a long line of patriots...Scott himself is a graduate of West Point...but right before heading to Vietnam...he says God helped him realize that particular life wasn't the answer.
So he pastored a church in Big Sandy for many years before moving with his wife and daughter 25 years ago...to a homestead near Hawkins they say God has sustained.
"We quit our jobs...in order to prove that the word of God is true," Scott said.
Recently, he learned of Wood County's posting of "In God We Trust" in the commissioners court...and opening up the meetings with prayer.
Because of the very nature of the United States Government, that didn't sit well with him.
"I knew that we trust in just about anything and everything but God...then I took offense to that. Because my Christianity was being trivialized," Scott said.
He believes that many of the decisions made there and in other courts in the U.S. don't truly honor God.
"The constitution of the United States is opposite of the constitution of the Bible. And people ultimately are going to have to choose which one they are going to follow because in Christianity, no one can serve two masters," Scott said.
He tried repeatedly to get the commissioners to sit down and talk with him about removing "In God We Trust."
But he says they've ignored him, so a lawsuit was the only way.
"I'm just pointing out that we have a case of gross hypocrisy going on that explains the ailments and woes of our country," he said.
Scott tells KETK if the words were posted for historical reasons instead of religious ones...that would be a different story.
Scott also says instead of a republic, he wishes America was a theocratic monarchy...putting our trust in God instead of "We the people."
As far as the court case goes, a hearing is set for October 16th...where a judge will either decide to hear it...or throw it out.