Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently wrote an opinion on ‘In God We Trust Decals’ being placed on police patrol vehicles in various Texas counties.
Two lawmakers had requested a legal opinion regarding the constitutionality of public law enforcement agencies displaying the phrase.
‘In God We Trust’ is the official motto of our nation, but atheists have fought to have it removed, suggesting it violates separation of church and state.
Paxton offered his opinion in a letter to the lawmakers.
Via The Blaze:
“Displaying ‘In God We Trust’ on police vehicles is a passive use of a motto steeped in our nation’s history that does not coerce citizen approval or participation,” Paxton wrote in the letter. “A law enforcement department’s decision to display the national motto on its vehicles is consistent with that history.”
“Thus, a court is likely to conclude that a law enforcement department’s display of ‘In God We Trust’ on its patrol vehicles is permissible under the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution,” Paxton continued.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also addressed the issue in a letter to Paxton last month, in which he told the attorney general that there can be “no doubt” that Texas courts would uphold the motto being displayed on police vehicles in Childress, Texas, as constitutional.
A police chief and sheriff in separate counties in Texas respectively told the atheist group fighting to have the decals removed that they could “go fly a kite” or “butt a stump.”
Now it appears that both the governor of Texas and the Attorney General have similar sentiments for the easily offended, anti-religious group.
Comment: Should a police force be allowed to use ‘In God We Trust’ on their vehicles, or does it violate the Constitutional rights of atheists?