Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released an official statement the other day defending the use of “In God We Trust” stickers on the vehicles of police departments and sheriff’s offices (and even ambulances):
A court is likely to conclude that a law enforcement department’s display of the national motto, “In God We Trust,” on its patrol vehicles is permissible under the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution.
Unfortunately, he’s probably right. Legal challenges against the motto aren’t going to go anywhere because the phrase is considered a form of “ceremonial deism,” not proselytizing or promoting Christianity. Even though every sheriff and police chief putting them up have every intention of pushing religion in any way possible.
At least reporters are having some fun with this. Check out the last line in this article about Paxton’s letter.
(Screenshot via KLBK. Thanks to Brian for the link)