Police officers in Haven, Kansas were ordered to remove ‘In God We Trust’ decals from their patrols and were also ordered to remove Bible verses that had been posted on the department’s Facebook page.
Television station KWCH reports that the town council unanimously ordered Police Chief Stephen Schaffer to remove the decals and Bible verses.
Williams said the council did not believe Facebook was the correct forum to be discussing God, the television station reported.
“Williams moved to eliminate the quoting of scripture on Facebook, as well as the decals,” the television station noted.
Mayor Eric Adams, who is not allowed to vote, said he personally disagreed with the council’s decision.
“Whenever we are in emergency, we rely on [police], so they have to put their trust in something else besides human aspects,” Wright told the Wichita Eagle.
The mayor said an unnamed citizen had complained about the decals.
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“An officer came to me and say, ‘hey, you know, I think it’d be a good idea,’” Chief Shaffer said. “So, I was like, ‘why not?’ We did it. It’s on our money. It’s our national motto. So I didn’t figure it would be a problem.”
In March the police chief posted a Facebook message encouraging citizens to help families who had lost their homes during devastating fires in Reno and Harvey counties.
“Pray for our residents and pray for our first responders who continue to sift through this terrible disaster,” the chief wrote. He then quoted Psalm 46, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Shalom, Chief Schaffer.”
Any lawmaker who has a problem with the police chief’s comments has no business holding public office.
Needless to say, the town’s decision sparked a national outcry, especially on Police 1, a website that covers the law enforcement community.
I wonder if those same councilors would forgo all their earnings because the currency they receive their paychecks in has the same motto on it?
“In God, We Trust” is printed on our currency; it shouldn’t bother anyone that it’s on the cars. I have no issue with the council asking for the department’s Facebook page not to have verses. I think there’s some compromise, but the way this council is handling this subject will only cause pushback from the officers and a large portion of the public.
Petty. Absolutely petty. I’m not a churchgoer nor am I religious but really, is this hurting anyone? Is having the motto “In God We Trust,” whether it’s on the side of a building or the side of a patrol car, pushing a religious agenda? No, it’s not. This is micromanagement at its best. It’s sad that in a society where our children, family members and friends are dying from so-called “legal” drugs such as Fentanyl, crime is at all-time highs and cities are cutting budgets for law enforcement, city councils are wasting time and resources on petty issues like this. Grow up.
Sandra Williams needs to be removed from the council along with the member who seconded her motion. This is God’s country and I for one am sick and tired of people trying to remove him from our lives.Police 1
Since town leaders removed the words ‘In God We Trust’ from the patrol cars, the government should step in and remove all the currency emblazoned with ‘In God We Trust’ from the town’s bank account.