This updates my previous post about the placement of "In God We Trust" stickers on the sheriff patrol cars in my county.
I read the NY Times article about these stickers in the adjoining county to mine. After reading it, I'm certain -- 100% certain -- the stickers are intentionally placed on these sheriff department cars as:
- An explicit faith statement.
- A very narrow theological view.
- A vote pandering play.
- An example of manipulating people who really have very little training in history.
- A dangerous step that erodes the wall of separation between church and state.
- Something that will be quite a political and legal fight one day.
Although I am not a member of FFRF, nor really even support their shotgun-style blasting with lawsuits, I do believe this quote is completely accurate:
“This motto has nothing to do with the problem of police forces’ shooting people, but it’s a great way to divert attention away from that and wrap yourself in a mantle of piety so that you’re above criticism,” said Annie Laurie Gaylor, a co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based group that has demanded that law enforcement officials stop exhibiting the motto. “The idea of aligning the police force with God is kind of scary. That’s the first thing you’d expect to see in a theocracy."
Yep. That's exactly right.