Hrm, the news looks pretty slow today. However, here’s something cool. Recently the police department in Harper, Kansas (because of course, Kansas) made some questionable additions to their police cars:
The police department in Harper, Kan., had placed a decal on the back of patrol cars stating: “Romans 13:4.” The New Testament verse in question reads as follows: “For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil” (King James Version).
Because police are in the revenge business, right? No? Huh.
The FFRF got involved which, of course, enraged the locals. But that outrage brought a lot of attention to the situation and the city officials saw the virtue of removing the decals for free rather than removing them AND paying the FFRF six figures:
Displaying a decal referencing this ominous Christian threat violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, FFRF had maintained. The Harper Police Department’s choice of verse to display was particularly disturbing. There was something alarming about an official allusion to a verse that talks about “revengers,” “bearing swords” and “executing wrath,” when the job of the Harper Police Department is to protect and serve, not to mete out biblical punishments or divine anger.
With FFRF’s letter generating a flurry of media coverage, the city of Harper swiftly backed down.
Here’s to more sensible heads, Christian and atheist, prevailing over people who think believing god wants them to violate the law entitles them to do so.