Atheist Group Takes Issue With Texas Sheriff’s Quotation of Romans 13:4 in Memo

One of the nation’s most conspicuous atheist activist groups has submitted a letter of complaint to a sheriff’s office in Texas to assert that the sheriff’s quotation of Romans 13:4 in a memo to officers violates the U.S. Constitution.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) says that a local resident alerted the organization to Sheriff Tracy Murphree’s use of the verse on a departmental memo, which was also posted to social media.

The memo advised officers that in light of the Parkland, Florida shooting, officers are expected to take immediate action in the event of an active shooter situation. It then concluded with Romans 13:4, “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.”

However, FFRF asserts that Murphree is not permitted under the Constitution to cite Scripture in his official correspondence. CHRISTIAN NEWS

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