June 2022 Church & State Magazine

Kan. Town Squabbles Over ‘In God We Trust’ Stickers

  Kan. Town Squabbles Over ‘In God We Trust’ Stickers

Members of the Haven, Kan., City Council have been embroiled in a dispute over “In God We Trust” decals on police cars.

Last month, the five-member council voted unanimously to tell Police Chief Stephen Schaffer to stop posting scripture on the department’s Facebook page and remove “In God We Trust” stickers from the town’s squad cars.

The Salina Post reported that Sandra Williams, a member of the council, told Schaffer that it’s not the department’s job to invoke religion.

But a few weeks later, the council voted 3-2 to reverse the vote after residents in the town of about 1,170 packed a council meeting and complained about the stickers being removed. Mayor Adam Wright said his office received more than 100 complaints about the removal of the decals and only two in support, and he said those came from outside the community.

The council’s new policy states that “similar speech from any other religion (or lack thereof) can also be added to police vehicles.” The Satanic Temple has already submitted a decal reading “Hail, Satan!” and Americans Atheists has proposed a sticker that reads, “E Pluribus Unum,” America’s early (if unofficial) national motto.

BREAKING NEWS

Americans United & the National Women’s Law Center file suit to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans.

Abortion bans violate the separation of church and state. Americans United and the National Women’s Law Center—the leading experts in religious freedom and gender justice—have joined forces with thirteen clergy from six faith traditions to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans as unconstitutionally imposing one narrow religious doctrine on everyone.


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