An atheist organization has forced a west Texas county to remove all cross decals from patrol vehicles.
According to SRNNews.com, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) filed a lawsuit against Brewster County which claimed the presence of cross decals on Brewster County government vehicles was a violation of of the Constitution.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott disagreed that the display of the cross decals is a violation of the separation of church and state.
“[C]rosses neither establish a religion nor threaten any person’s ability to worship God, or decline to worship God,” stated Abbott.
However, after the lawsuit, Brewster county agreed to ban all political, commercial, religious, and personal symbols from government vehicles. The leaders of the rural county also agreed to pay the FFRF $22,000 for legal fees and court costs.
Publication date: June 8, 2016