Texas AG: Police Can Display "In God We Trust" on Patrol Vehicles

An official opinon issued by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has stated that police departments in the state can, in fact, display the phrase "In God We Trust" on their patrol vehicles.

Several departments in the state of Texas display the motto on their patrol vehicles; however, doing so has drawn criticism from activist groups, such as the Freedom From Religion Foundation, that claim the government agencies' reference to God is a violation of the separation between church and state.

Paxton cited several judicial rulings concerning similar challenges to the public use of the phrase and argued that, "displaying 'In God We Trust' on police vehicles is a passive use of a motto steeped in our nation's history that does not coerce Citizen approval or participation."

"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," Paxton concluded.


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