Atheist group accuses Beaumont, Texas of promoting religion with decals

A national atheist organization that advocates the separation of church and state has accused the City of Beaumont of promoting religion by adding “In God We Trust” decals to city emergency vehicles, citing comments made by council members about religious motives.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote in a letter to the City Council this month that “declaring that the entire city trusts in God unequivocally conflicts with the beliefs of many of its residents.”

The foundation said a “concerned city employee who objects to being compelled the display the phrase on their work vehicle” contacted them about the council’s decision.

Council members decided at a Jan. 30 meeting to add the decals with the national motto to the city’s 185 police, fire and EMS vehicles. BEAUMONT ENTERPRISE

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