Bumper stickers can be a fun way to show off your personal flare and tell the world what matters to you most. If you’re the proud parent of a brilliant youngster, you might have a bumper sticker that says, “My kid is on the honor roll.” If you’re the proud parent of a not so brilliant youngster, you might have a bumper sticker that says, “My kid can beat up your honor roll kid.”
From “Dog is my co-pilot” to “If you don’t like the way I drive, stay off the sidewalk,” we are a nation of drivers who put it all out there on our bumpers for the the world to see and don’t apologize for it. But one Mississippi police department is being chastised for stating its beliefs on the bumpers of their squad cars, and then again on its Facebook page. You won’t believe the controversy surrounding this bumper sticker debacle.
On July 14, the police department in Eupora, Mississippi, enthusiastically shared a new program with its followers on Facebook. It posted pictures of a new directive to be implemented within the department regarding its squad cars.
From the Facebook post: EPD patrol cars receive “In God We Trust” bumper stickers along with new patrol car design that will be fazed in over time. Chief Gregg Hunter – “I am proud to announce that all of the Eupora Police Department Patrol vehicles will now have ‘In God we trust’ on the back. This became our National Motto in 1956 and is on all of our currency. There has been no better time than now to proudly display our National Motto! Also, the design on our new 2015 Ford Police Interceptor Utility, which is completely redesigned, will slowly be phased in on all new EPD patrol vehicles. I’d also like to thank Lowell Hitt and Kay Embry for all of their help and support with this project.” But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” Jeremiah 17:7.
The post garnered a response from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for separation of church and state, which sent Hunter a letter on August 8 regarding the use of the bumper stickers on the squad cars, as well as the use of a bible verse on its Facebook page. The letter went on to list more grievances.