I have a question for the Rosenberg Police Department in Texas: How the hell is it okay to post this on your official Facebook page?
Despite asking if people agree with the sentiment, it’s still a weird thing for a police department to post.
But what’s worse is that it’s edited. The original version was the same image with the the word “AMEN…,” a clear indication they endorsed the idea. It looks like once they started getting backlash within the comment thread, they changed it to a more neutral-sounding question. But they seem unaware that Facebook tracks your edits and the public can see them:
Someone should tell them to change their Twitter feed, too:
Anyway, Chelsea Hoffman picked up on this story and summarizes the concern:
Since this Texas police department is a government body, it had absolutely no business — legally — encouraging and promoting the Christian god in public schools. This clearly deteriorated trust that non-Christian members of this community had in their police to some degree.
She’s right. It’s not just about separation of church and state. There’s a genuine worry here: If the police department doesn’t take the First Amendment seriously, how can they be trusted to protect the law in other instances?