A Texas police chief responded to an organization’s demand for him to remove “In God We Trust” from his department's police cruisers with a simple, four-word denial.
Chief Adrian "Ottis" Garcia of the Childress Police Department posted a letter he wrote to the Freedom From Religion Foundation on Facebook on Sept. 28, after the organization sent a request for him to remove decals with the phrase from the department’s police cruisers. Freedom From Religion Foundation is a nonprofit based in Madison, Wisconsin, which advocates for separation of church and state.
“I received a letter from the freedom of religion foundation, demanding we remove the ‘In God we trust’ off our patrol units,” Garcia wrote. “So I responded back with this letter.”
The response letter was addressed to Freedom From Religion representative "Annie."
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“Dear Annie,” Garcia wrote. “After carefully reading your letter I must deny your request in the removal of our Nation’s motto from our patrol units, and ask that you and the Freedom From Religion Foundation go fly a kite.”
According to Garcia, support for the decals was overwhelming within the local community.
“Thank you Chief Garcia for standing up for what is right. God Bless America,” one reader commented.
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“This is our Freedom of Religion and speech to display 'In God We Trust' on our vehicles!!!!” another wrote.
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