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Texas County Bans Patrol Car Crosses to Settle Atheist Lawsuit

June 08, 2016  | 

Despite support from Gov. Greg Abbott, officials in Brewster County, TX, have agreed to ban the display of Christian crosses on sheriff's vehicles to settle a lawsuit from the national Freedom From Religion Foundation, reports the Austin American-Statesman.

Under the settlement, approved last week by county commissioners, Brewster County agreed to pay the foundation $21,970 in legal fees and $400 for court costs.

Two atheist residents of Brewster County who joined the foundation's lawsuit, Kevin Price and Jesse Castillo, also were awarded $1 each "for past constitutional violations," the consent decree said.

Greg Hudson, an Austin lawyer representing Brewster County and Sheriff Ronny Dodson, said the settlement reflected a county policy approved by the Commissioners Court in March that banned political, religious, commercial and personal symbols and messages from county vehicles. The ban was approved about three weeks after the foundation filed its lawsuit in Alpine's federal court.

The decals, foot-high depictions of a Latin cross with a thin blue line, were removed from the department's vehicles.

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132&Bush @ 6/8/2016 8:52 PM

Good, we have enough problem with people in the military telling us we shouldn't be in it. And with several state constitutions telling us we can't be police officers.

Paul Sanchez @ 6/10/2016 6:35 AM

Another loss to the ever-increasing liberal parasites. Sheriff, county commissioners and county judge should have told them to go fly a kite in a hurricane. It's a shame how 2 people out of the entire population of Brewster county can alter the MAJORITY's way of life. Damn shame what this world is coming to, especially when we let them win.

kevcopAz @ 6/10/2016 7:04 AM

What a surprise. As a 35 yr LEO and a 60 yr Christian I have to say this is a correct result. There is no place for a cross on a police car or government vehicle period. I think this "separation" between Church and State has blown way out of proportion but this Sheriff went too far. He was wrong and perhaps did it for the political result and if thats the case should reimburse the county for the fine/cost. The Sheriff's budget should not suffer for this bone headed move, he should cover the costs since it was his decision and not only unlawful but ill advised and unnecessary. Grow up Sheriff, if another Sheriff would have placed a Muslim symbol on vehicles you would be up in arms!

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