The FFRF (Freedom From Religion Foundation) seems to be overstepping its bounds once again in their latest attack on officers with religious decals on their vehicles. One police officer received an email from the organization because they were unhappy that his police vehicle had Romans 13:4 on the tailgate. It was demanded that he remove it.
“For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.” -Romans 13:4
Seems pretty fitting if you ask me, but FFRF doesn’t agree. They are quoted in a letter stating, “Displaying a decal referencing this ominous quote violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment,” the FFRF letter states. “These decals must be removed.” The letter which was written by FFRF staff attorney Andrew Seidel, goes on to further explain:
“Romans 13 begins by claiming, ‘there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained by God’ (King James Version). The idea directly conflicts with the Constitutions source of power: ‘We the people,’” the letter asserts. “There is also something perverse about referring to ‘revengers,’ ‘bearing swords,’ and ‘executing wrath,’ when your true job is to protect and serve.”
The Harper police decided to remove the decal from that vehicle per instruction by their attorney. I disagree with the stance on this. The FFRF is violating our officers’ religious rights per the very constitution that they claim gives them the right to do so. Hypocrisy at its finest, folks.
In a statement, FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor rejoiced at the news that the Romans decal had been stripped from the truck. “This was a particularly obvious violation of the First Amendment for us to draw public attention to,” Gaylor argued. “Once that happened, the Harper Police Department quickly realized the folly of its ways.”
All this coming on the end of that letter which also included a veiled threat of lawsuit from Andrew Seidel. He added in that letter that they had already sued and won $20,000 from suing the Brewster County Sheriff’s department in Texas over crosses that were featured on the department’s vehicles.
This is nothing more than a continual war on the rights of people that believe differently. Our Officers have a right to express, in any way, their beliefs. If an Officer is of another faith, or even atheist, then they should be allowed to express that as well, but to dismantle one right for another is ludicrous.
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