Atheists from the Freedom From Religion Foundation made their demands of the Childress Police Department in Texas to remove “In God We Trust” decals from their vehicles. The Police Chief Adrian Garcia responded to their demands by politely declining to satisfy their demands and suggesting that they “go fly a kite.” According to The Blaze:
Addressed to “Annie” — Freedom From Religion Foundation co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor — the brief letter comes after Garcia announced earlier this month that he was adding the decals to official vehicles in response to recent attacks on cops.
“I think with all the assaults happening on officers across the country … it’s time we get back to where we once were,” Garcia said in an interview with the Red River Sun in early September.
The sheriff initially took to the department’s official Facebook page on September 2 to share a photo of a patrol car along with the following message: “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.”
Garcia later received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which sparked his one-sentence response.
“Ok, so here it is. I received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, demanding we remove the ‘In God we trust’ [decals] off our patrol units,” he wrote in a message accompanying the letter on Facebook. “So I responded back with this letter.”
Garcia’s one-sentence response letter read:
“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.”
This is similar to a police department in Tennessee who put these same decals on their patrol cars. Atheists made the same demand to have them removed, and the police chief responded with a one-word letter: “NO.”
I don’t know where Atheists get this idea that no public institution or individual anywhere is allowed to mention God ever. We’re supposed to be this blind society where everyone pretends that God doesn’t exist.
There’s nothing in the law that says that Christians can’t express themselves. All Atheists ever refer to is the 1st Amendment, which only bars Congress from making a law establishing an official, national Christian denomination. Putting “In God We Trust” decals on police cars is not a 1st Amendment violation. In fact, it’s an exercise of the 1st Amendment.