For months now, police departments around the country have been adding a 4-letter phrase to their official vehicles that has been stirring up controversy, at least in the eyes of watchdog groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).
In early September, the police department in Childress, Texas, joined these ranks when Chief Adrian Garcia announced that all of his patrol units would display the phrase “In God We Trust,” which also drew the FFRS's ire.
Now, KFDA has reported that another big name has weighed in on the controversy in an official capacity - Texas State Attorney General Ken Paxton.
In an official advisory letter - which, as it comes from the Attorney General, is described as having the “force of law...until a court reverses it” - Paxton writes:
"There is an unbroken history of official acknowledgment by all three branches of government of the role of religion in American life from at least 1789. 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."
For many, the letter of support came as no great surprise, as Paxton had already taken to his Facebook page in October to express his personal support:
Regardless, it seems there were some law enforcement personnel waiting for the official nod from Paxton, as the Lubbock County Constable Office reportedly put “In God We Trust” decals on their vehicles the day after the letter was issued.
As some argue that Christianity is being “assaulted” across the U.S., it seems that there are those in Texas taking steps in the opposite direction.