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When the deputies of the Kinney County Sheriff’s Dept. are out on patrol, they are surrounded by prayer and God’s Word. Literally.
Patrol cars in that Texas community are adorned with a Bible verse, the Freedom From Religion Foundation noted.
“Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil,” the verse read.
The Texas border community is facing a clear and present danger from the illegal alien invasion – including drug cartels.
Kinney County Chief Deputy Armando Garcia told The Center Square that the Bible verses are “important because God is our true one leader.”
“I am a Christian and I trust in God. In a lot of the dangerous situations I’ve been in, I believe he’s the only reason I’ve come out of those situations,” Garcia told the publication, which first reported the story.
But the Freedom From Religion Foundation says the religious decals are illegal and unconstitutional.
The Wisconsin-based organization of atheists is demanding the sheriff’s department remove the Bible verses from patrol vehicles.
“Kinney County must immediately remove the bible quotes from its official vehicles in order to respect the constitutional separation between religion and government and the diverse views of its residents and employees,” FFRF said in a statement. “It is highly inappropriate for the county to display Bible verses on government property and to issue public statements about how residents should be Christians.”
The out-of-town atheists strongly hinted they would sue Kinney County if the verses are not scraped off the vehicles.
“The Kinney County Sheriff’s Office exists to enforce law and keep the peace, not to serve as preachers,” said FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. “This is an outrageous overstep that violates freedom of conscience and constitutional dictates.”
I’d be curious to survey law enforcement across the nation. If they should find themselves staring down the barrel of a gun in a dark alley, would they call out in prayer to the Lord or a godless atheist?