Monday, October 12, 2015

In God We Trust: Governor Abbott offers support to Childress Police Department

On Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott sent a letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton supporting the Childress Police Department’s decision to display our national motto, “In God We Trust” on its patrol vehicles. Following the Department’s decision to display this motto, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) threatened the Department with legal action and local members of the Texas Legislature subsequently requested an Attorney General Opinion on the permissibility of the display.

“As the Supreme Court has held time and again, the Constitution commands acknowledgement and accommodation of religion, rather than hostility towards religion,” writes Governor Abbott. “Given these well-established principles, it is unsurprising that ‘In God We Trust’ has survived every legal challenge.”

Governor Abbott goes on to offer his full support to the Childress Police Department saying, “There can be no doubt that courts in Texas would uphold the constitutionality of the Childress Police Department’s decision to place ‘In God We Trust’ on the department’s patrol vehicles.  If the Childress Police Department chooses to continue this patriotic display, it will have my full support.”

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