ACLU Tries To Take ‘In God We Trust’ From First Responders, Regrets It Immediately
American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) tried to block ‘in God, we trust’ decals from being placed on first responder’s vehicles In Bakersfield California. Thankfully, they lost this battle.
The Bakersfield City Council approved the decals Wednesday on a 4-2 vote, KPTV reported. Private sector supporters, not city taxpayers, will pay for the decals.
“I love the motto. It’s meaningful. It’s powerful. Those words are intended to encourage,” said council member Jacquie Sullivan, according to The Bakersfield Californian.
The vote came after a two-hour debate in which 19 of 30 speakers opposed the decals, while 11 supported them. One voice raised in opposition belonged to ACLU attorney Jordan Wells.
“Placing ‘In God We Trust‘ on police cars is bad public policy,” he said.
“Unlike God, police officers are fallible. Their conduct should be scrutinized by the public, and when they overstep their authority, we must insist on accountability,” Wells said.
Bakersfield pastor and police department chaplain, Angelo Frazier, first brought the proposal to the city council by speaking during the public comments of a council meeting.
He said he made the proposal after seeing the decals on law enforcement vehicles in Texas and Arkansas.
“I’m doing this from the right heart. I’m not against anyone. I’m encouraging people that there is something bigger than us. I just happen to call it God,” he said. “(My hope) is that the community comes out and speaks because whatever the council decides, I’m okay with that. This is not about me. This is more about us as a community.”
He has received support from throughout the community. U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy has come out in favor of the decals.
“The law enforcement officers of Bakersfield are some of the best in the country who work day in, day out to protect our community,” McCarthy said in a statement to The Californian. “Displaying ‘In God We Trust’ – the official motto of the United States – on Bakersfield Police Department cars is a testament to each officer’s commitment to upholding the rule of law and defending the City of Bakersfield and its residents.”
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