A county official in North Texas has adopted the nation's motto: "In God We Trust" for his office paperwork. 

Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector Ron Wright calls it iconic, patriotic, and helps define us as Americans.

So far, only a few phone calls have come in complaining about his decision.  Wright says those are just people misinformed about religious freedom.

"One could look at it and see it as a religious statement, and one could look at it as a patriotic statement and not a religious statement at all," Wright tells KTRH News.

"All the lawsuits that school districts have had, they've sent the message that we're not allowed to use the word God officially, and of course that's a mistake because the courts have never said there was a problem with that," he says.

Wright points out that this week was the anniversary of when President Dwight D. Eisenhower adopted "In God We Trust" as our national motto.

"It's something that now is iconic, it's historical, it's been very popular and I'd like to see it on more official documents," he says.

The national motto is now printed on envelopes from Wright's office, costing only three dollars to buy a new printing plate.