Church and State

Arkansas police department replaces ‘In God We Trust’ with ‘We The People’ in defiance of pro-Christian trend

In an act of apparent religious defiance,  Arkansas’ Austin Police Department decided to make a change on their patrol vehicles.

The cop cars now have a new decal that reads “We The People” instead of the usual “In God We Trust.”

According to the law, police officers are classified as public servants who are here to defend the Constitution. The Austin PD’s new decal focuses on exactly that. 

The decal states “We The People,” which is the opening statement to the preamble of the United States Constitution. According to Patheos, Chief James Kulesa said the decals are meant to reflect that as law enforcement officers, “we are committed and sworn to uphold the laws of this nation and the ideals of the Constitution, without bias, prejudice, or personal opinion. It further reflects law enforcement officers are also ‘We The People,'” read a Facebook post from the Austin Police Department.

From Hermant Mehta of Patheos:

“While ‘In God We Trust’ is sometimes controversial, there is no question with this, and it covers everybody… and it means the officers are part of the people.” 

There have been no complaints about the phrase being on the vehicles.”

“And the department said the decals were donated, so there’s no cost to taxpayers,” reported Mehta.

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