The Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist group dedicated to defending the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state, has sent a letter to the Childress Police Department in Texas demanding that the department remove the motto ‘In God We Trust’ from the back of their police vehicles.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Police Chief of Childress, Texas, Adrian Garcia wrote a few choice words for the atheists on Facebook: “After carefully reading your letter I must deny your request in the removal of our Nations motto from our patrol units, and ask that you and the Freedom From Religion Foundation go fly a kite.”
The Childress Police Department added decals with the slogan to all of their patrol vehicles following the murder of Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth, who was shot fifteen times when ambushed at a gas station in suburban Houston.
Dozens of other police departments across the country have recently begun to display the motto on their police vehicles as well, including departments in Kentucky, Virginia, Florida, Arkansas, and Texas.
Likewise, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent scores of letters to officials complaining about the presence of the motto on police vehicles, which are government funded and therefore public property, according to the atheist group.
“In God We Trust” is a national motto and appears on American currency.
According to PoliceOne.com, state lawmakers in Texas have recently voiced their support for the Childress Police Department. State Rep. Drew Springer and state Sen. Charles Perry both sent out statements expressing their support of the department, which resides within their district.
“Our law enforcement officers work hard to keep our communities safe and deserve our support, not demands like this,” Springer said in his statement. “We are in the middle of a spiritual battle in America right now, with the issue of religious liberty front and center. I am proud of Childress Police Department for standing strong.”
“I stand firmly with Chief Adrian Garcia and the Childress Police Department as they protect their right to display ‘In God We Trust’ on patrol cars,” Perry said in his statement. “We live in a country with a rich history of celebrating faith and honoring religious liberty. It is un-American to suggest a police department should not be allowed to display our national motto.”
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