Paxton upholds use of Divine Decal

Paxton upholds use of Divine Decal

Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote Wednesday that the courts were likely to rule that displaying the country’s motto “In God We Trust,” was protected by the Constitution. Paxton issued an opinion stating that a police department's displaying "In God We Trust" on its patrol vehicles is protected by the First Amendment.The Childress Police begun displaying the motto on their vehicles this past September, and sparked a national conversation on the matter.

The practice eventually caught the attention of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A nonprofit based in Wisconsin. The foundation complained about separation of church and state standards, Childress' police chief invited the nonprofit's leadership to "go fly a kite."

State Sen. Charles Perry, the state representative for the Childress subsequently asked Paxton for legal guidance, sparking today's the opinion.