Louisiana Police Chief Shares His Trust in God

Police Chief Rickey Boudreaux, of the Youngsville Police Department in Louisiana, is standing by his decision to place the motto "In God We Trust" on the back of his department's police cruisers.

He said, "I believe the motto signifies patriotism and the fact that our country was founded on godly principles. I understand there may be a few upset by this, but I want people to know that this slogan does not prefer one religious denomination over any other. It has nothing to do with the establishment of religion. My intent by displaying this motto is not to be divisive, but to stand firm on the principals our great country was founded on and to publicly display patriotism.”

Although, Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), isn't too happy. Gaylor said, “This motto has nothing to do with the problem of police forces’ shooting people, but it’s a great way to divert attention away from that and wrap yourself in a mantle of piety so that you’re above criticism. The idea of aligning the police force with God is kind of scary. That’s the first thing you’d expect to see in a theocracy.”

Sheriff Johnny Moats, in Polk County, Georgia, said, “If it’s on my money and it’s on the state flag, I can put it on a patrol car."

Boudreaux added, “I concur with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals when it stated, ‘The In God We Trust’ motto is of patriotic or ceremonial character and bears no true resemblance to a government sponsorship of a religious exercise."

Photo: KLFY, Opposing Views

Police chief stands behind his decision to have these decals on the cruisers.

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