From: Kevin M.
Sent: October 7, 2015
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: Police Chief Responds To Atheist Outrage Over ‘In God We Trust’ With 4 Words That Silence Them
The chief did not waste words in his response...
The Freedom From Religion Foundation recently sent a demand letter to Childress Police Chief Adrian Garcia calling for the removal of the motto from the vehicles, arguing that it is a violation of the separation of church and state.
The chief did not waste words in his response. Addressing the letter “Dear Annie,” he wrote:
After carefully reading your letter I must deny your request in the removal of our Nations [sic] motto from our patrol units, and ask that you and the Freedom From Religion Foundation go fly a kite.
Garcia posted the letter to the Childress PD Facebook page, and it has garnered over 74,000 “Likes” and 62,000 shares in less than 24 hours.
One person commented: “Thank you Chief Garcia for standing up for what is right. God Bless America.” Another wrote: “I need to find an “In God We Trust” window decal for my car…And thank you Childress for standing up to those few who want to take our rights away!”
Earlier this month, the police chief shared a picture on the department’s Facebook page of one of the units with the motto on it. “Please excuse the dirty unit. I had to share this with the public. Notice what I will be putting on all Childress Police patrol units.”
Federal courts have consistently found that the displaying of the nation’s motto does not violate the First Amendment’s establishment of religion clause.