Secular victory: Defying the divisive “In God We Trust” trend, a police department in Arkansas is placing “We The People” decals on all their vehicles.
The Austin, Arkansas Police Department announced the addition of the “We The People” decals to their patrol vehicles earlier this month via Facebook:
The Austin Police Department has added a new decal to their patrol vehicles. The decal states “We The People” which is the opening statement to the preamble of the United States Constitution. Chief James Kulesa related; this is to reflect that as law enforcement officers, we are committed and sworn to uphold the laws of this nation and the ideals of the Constitution, without bias, prejudice, or personal opinion. It further reflects law enforcement officers are also “We The People”.
Austin Police Chief James Kulesa explained his preference for “We The People” over the more divisive “In God We Trust” to a local newspaper:
While ‘In God We Trust’ is sometimes controversial… There is no question with this, and it covers everybody… and it means the officers are part of the people.
Chief Kulesa also added that there have been no complaints about the new decals being placed on the vehicles.
Indeed, the announcement on the Austin Police Department Facebook page has been met with overwhelming support, with many people praising the decals for their inclusive, secular message.
Bottom line: Chief Kulesa and the Austin Police Department deserve praise for honoring the U.S. Constitution, and the secular values upon which this nation was founded. Well played.
(H/T Friendly Atheist)