"Go fly a kite!" We all know what someone is trying to say when we hear those words.
This week, Childress Texas Police Chief Adrian Garcia exercised his First Amendment right. He told the Freedom From Religion Foundation to "Go fly a kite" when they presented him with a letter demanding the removal of our Nation's motto, "In God We Trust," from their patrol cars.
The folks from the Wisconsin based Freedom From Religion Foundation aren't exactly strangers in Region 8.
This past summer, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin ordered the removal of Christian scripture from the Jonesboro E-911 Facebook page because the group complained. That was the right thing to do because separation of Church and state is an important part of our constitution, and we must adhere to it.
But "In God We Trust" is our nation's legal motto. Instead of suing, or threatening to sue, small town law enforcement agencies who are doing something completely legal... maybe the Freedom From Religion Foundation should focus their time, money, and resources on changing our national motto if they don't like it. Until that happens, the law is the law. The Childress Texas Police Department, along with many law enforcement agencies right here in Region 8, are within the law to display the words "In God We Trust" on the patrol cars. Maybe they should add the words "and go fly a kite."
Freely expressing our beliefs while understanding and obeying the law makes us American…and also makes this a Better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager
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