Decals with Bible verse removed from sheriff’s office cruisers

A sheriff’s office in Virginia was ordered to remove a decal displaying a Bible verse from patrol cars in his department after a government attorney said they violated the separation of church and state.

The small decals cited Matthew 5:9, which says in part, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” They were placed on the back of patrol cars belonging to the Montgomery County sheriff’s office in Southwest Virginia last week. They were removed within two days, however, after the county attorney issued an opinion to the board of supervisors saying the sheriff should remove them.

Chris Tuck, chair of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, said he first became aware of the decals when a journalist from the Roanoke Times called asking the board members about it. WASHINGTON POST

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