“In God We Trust” the sticker reads
As cops drive, doing civic deeds
Although in truth, the chief concedes
That atheists abhor it.
I’ll get a sticker, if I must,
That says “In Cops I Do Not Trust”
To cover up my bumper’s rust…
I’m sure they’ll just ignore it.
Sorry, no time to write (much), too much grading. But yeah, this is in response to the police departments who feel compelled to put “In God We Trust” stickers on their cars. They can say it is because it is the nation’s motto, but anyone looking at their actions in context can see it is being done not out of patriotism but out of tribalism. And, if one reads the comments beneath the actual articles, it becomes perfectly clear that the masses see it for what it is.
“If the atheists don’t like it, they don’t have to look.” So, a bumper sticker, like the words I grind of of my coins or blot out of my bills, it mere ceremonial deism; nothing at all. No reason to take offense. Anyone can put anything on their bumper. But should a commenter mention a darwin fish or other atheist message on their car, replies include vague, passive threats: “just see which car gets attended to last in an accident”.
If the job is to protect and serve all, then none should be expected to look the other way. If the job is to protect and serve members of the tribe, it’s an establishment clause violation.
Wrote more than I have time for already. Later, all.