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Business Donates 'In God We Trust' Decals To Police

| by Michael Doherty
A police car in Texas.A police car in Texas.

A local business owner in Forney, Texas, has volunteered to pay for the printing of "In God We Trust" bumper stickers to be placed on police cars in the city.

The move comes after Attorney General Ken Paxton's legal decision in November 2015 which stated that Texas police cars bearing the motto were not in violation of the First Amendment's separation of church and state. Jay Stinson, who owns Big Jay's Signs and Shirtworks in Forney's, has said that he will print the bumper stickers at no charge to the police department, according to Christian Today.

"I believe in the words of this motto," Stinson told ABC News. "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."

The trend of placing "In God We Trust" stickers on police vehicles has met with controversy from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an organization advocating for the enforcement of the constitutional separation of church and state.

The FFRF has issued complaints to multiple police stations around the country, saying that the bumper stickers promote Christianity and create a sense of bias. The group has also sued a sheriff in Texas for placing Christian crosses on police vehicles.

"FFRF reminds the agencies that citizens trust law enforcement officers to attend to their secular duties, not spend taxpayer time placing religious messages on patrol cars to the exclusion of the [23 percent] of Americans who are not religious," says the group on its website.

The Forney City Council passed a resolution April 12 allowing the use of the bumper stickers. The resolution cites Dwight Eisenhower's decision to use the motto on U.S. currency in 1956.

Stinson has estimated that the project, which will include placing stickers on both police and fire vehicles, will cost $1,000 to $2,500.

In letters sent to police departments asking them to remove the "In God We Trust" stickers, Annie Laurie Gaylor, the co-president of the FFRF, asks the departments to "respect the rights of conscience of all citizens, including those who in good conscience reject belief in a god."

Source: Christian Today, ABC News, Freedom From Religion Foundation / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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