Police Chief to Atheists: “Go Fly a Kite”
When it comes to religion and politics, Christians have had very little cause to celebrate over the past year. But even in moments of darkness, there are shining beams of light that even the most pessimistic Americans can look upon. Kim Davis was one of those beacons, and Adrian Garcia is now another one. Garcia, the police chief of Childress, Texas, decided last month to add America’s national motto to his fleet. But upon decorating the town’s cars with In God We Trust, Garcia got a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
“Statements about a god have no place on government-owned cars,” said the letter. “Public officials should not use their government position and government property to promote their religious views.”
Garcia could have taken the path of least resistance. He could have crumbled in the face of the liberal agenda like so many others. Instead, he sent back a short letter that left no doubt as to where he stands on the subject.
After carefully reading your letter I must deny your request in the removal of our Nations motto from our patrol units, and ask that you and the Freedom From Religion Foundation go fly a kite.
Garcia posted the response on Facebook Monday, and his defiance immediately won support from two Texas Republicans. In a joint statement, Senator Charles Perry and Rep. Drew Springer praised his resolve. “We live in a country with a rich history of celebrating faith and honoring religious liberty,” said Perry. “It is un-American to suggest a police department should not be allowed to display our national motto.”
You would think that would go without saying, but you can’t assume anything in the LooneyLand that America has become. When Confederate memorials are being removed, gay marriages are being sanctioned, and taxpayers are funding abortion despite federal laws that prohibit it, there’s really no telling where the tides of change will take us.
As for Annie Gaylor, the woman in charge of the atheist foundation, she believes Childress and other police departments are just trying to deflect criticism. “I think there is no question that police and sheriff’s departments are wrapping themselves in the mantle of piety,” she said. “Police are feeling criticized so they react to this criticism by sticking God on their cars. Monkey see and monkey do all over the country; it is so anti-intellectual imagining that God will protect them.”
Is it more or less “intellectual” to believe that the nation’s official motto is somehow unconstitutional? After all, the courts have already decided this issue. In 2009, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals determined that “In God We Trust” does not violate the Establishment Clause in any way. That means Gaylor and her minions are simply whining.