Police Stir Debate By Displaying "In God We Trust" Decals
Michelle Shreeve 12/2/2016
Lately, there has been a lot of controversy in the media revolving around the issue of "separation of church and state" in our nation. Some believe that God should be kept everywhere, such as in schools, on money, and where His presence is in government buildings.
Other people disagree, thinking that God should be removed from such places in order to separate Him from the government. Well now, some law enforcement agencies are pleased with what states are slowly starting to allow.
God has always been around our court houses, on our money, and other places that do not have specific ties to a church. Over time, this has left some members of the public in an uproar, believing that God should removed from these areas of our nation. This very discussion is now being brought up in relation to law enforcement agencies.
Upholding the law is an oath that police officers take before they head out into the field and onto the streets. Being a police officer means you are required to have a higher moral code, ethics, and integrity that you show to the public at all times. Doesn't that sound familiar? Doesn't that sound like some of God's qualities?
Police officers think so, and that is why the majority of them are adamant on keeping God with them while they put their lives in danger day after day to protect all of us. Some officers have even gone as far to start putting decals on their squad cars, or other God inspired items to help spread the word of not only what the officers stand for, but to keep God present in their work as well.
There's been a heated debate on whether the police force should be allowed to place these stickers on their vehicles, a trend which has been spreading nationwide. With the debate however, there has been a lot of push-back from police officers who believe in having the 'In God We Trust' decal placed on their squad cars.
Some of the officers are arguing with those opposed to letting them do this, that if God is still present on money, that they should be allowed to place these decals on their cars.
So far, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, and many other southern and Midwestern law enforcement agencies have already begun to place 'In God We Trust' decals on their squad cars proudly, despite the online uproar from opposing members of the public. When the agencies get complaint calls regarding it, a point was made by a sheriff in Tennessee who was in favor of putting stickers on the police vehicles.
The sheriff highlighted that when the public calls 911, dispatchers don't ask callers what their religion is. They as police officers help anyone and everyone who calls in for help no matter what their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation is. When they pull people over, they have to enforce the law. Officers have faith in the law, and have their own personal faith that they and the victim will end up being okay, because they know God is watching over them.
It seems like many oppose this while others are in favor of it. What is your opinion? Do you think officers should be allowed to do this?
Watch this video to learn more about the controversy.
A lot of controversial topics that are discussed in the media come down to two key factors--religion and politics. While we all may not agree on the same religion or have the same political view, we can at least try and respect each other's beliefs.