When the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent the police department in Childress, Texas, a letter demanding they remove “In God We Trust” from their cars, they received a simple response: “Go fly a kite.”
Childress Police Chief Adrian Garcia made clear that his police department will not be removing the “National motto from [their] patrol units.”
According to 4 WSMV, Chief Garcia not only refused the demands set forth by FFRF, but on September 28, he also shared his refusal on Facebook for all to see. 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.”
The next day, Texas state Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) and Representative Drew Springer (R-Muenster) issued a joint statement supporting Garcia and the Childress Police Department’s display of “In God We Trust” on their patrol cars.
“In God We Trust” was designated the national motto of the United States in 1956 after legislation passed by Congress was signed by President Dwight Eisenhower. The group behind the letter to Childress, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has unsuccessfully fought to remove “In God We Trust” from other government fixtures such as currency and courthouses in the past. 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.
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. Our law enforcement officers work hard to keep our communities safe and deserve our support, not demands like this. 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.
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