Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has proudly displayed the decal of the Bible verse on their patrol cars since March.
It reads: “Blessed are the peacemakers… Matthew 5:9.”
Now, Sheriff Hank Partin is ordering them removed because of threats from secular groups that oppose displays of religion in the public square.
Partin told the Roanoke Times, “The last thing that I want is for this to become a distraction to the men and women who serve their communities selflessly every day.”
Partin’s order resulted from pressure by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Virginia branch.
After inquiries, bible verse decals on Montgomery County Sheriff’s vehicles since March now coming off immediately https://t.co/xfXXWEFrNw
— Amy Friedenberger (@AJFriedenberger) May 18, 2017
The groups began questioning Montgomery County officials about the decals shortly before the announcement was made. They accused the department of breaching the barrier separating Church and State by allowing the decals to remain.
“A Bible verse … is a sectarian and exclusively religious statement,” said FFRF staff attorney Sam Grover. He claims that the Montgomery Sheriff’s office must be “neutral” and that the decals “promote one religion over another religion.”
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SOURCE: CBN News