Virginia Sheriff's Office To Remove Bible Verse From All Vehicles Following Atheist Complaint

May 19, 2017 by Will Maule

A sheriff's department in Virginia is ordering the removal of all Bible verse decals from its patrol cars. Officials have been receiving criticism from the Freedom From Religion Foundation for displaying stickers that read "Blessed are the peacemakers... Matthew 5:9."

Capt. Brian Wright, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, said that the scriptural decals were donated by a company that designs graphics for the office, according to WCYB. FFRF allege that the displaying of such materials promotes one religion over another. “We believe it’s a great way to honor our brothers and sisters in law enforcement during a time when many seek to tear them down,” Wright wrote in an email.

“A Bible verse … is a sectarian and exclusively religious statement,” said Sam Grover, staff attorney for the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, according to The Roanoke Times. “Under the Establishment Clause, the sheriff’s office, as a government entity, must remain neutral. It cannot promote one religion over another, or religion over non-religion.”

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