THE MYTH THAT THERE’S SUCH A THING AS “NEUTRALITY” IN CIVIL GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO CRUMBLE. ONE SET OF RELIGIOUS IMPULSES IS FAVORED OVER THE DEEP FOUNDATIONAL WORLDVIEW OF AN ENTIRE NATION…
Police officers are not allowed to display Bible verses on their patrol cars. But, however, there’s no problem at all sticking gay-pride decals on them. Here’s the scoop. It comes in two parts.
Back in May, the mayor of a Virginia town ordered the sheriff to remove decals from his patrol cars that displayed a Bible verse. The verse was from Matthew 5:9: “Blessed are the peacemakers…”
GAY PRIDE DECORATIONS
Meanwhile, over in Houston, Texas, the city’s police chief has completed their new “Pride Car.” It was rolled out in the Gay Pride Parade on June 24, 2017. The chief said the purpose is unity. Instead of invoking the Christian foundation for unity — the image of God in man, and God’s prohibition against murder — as the basis for police service, he invoked a modern symbol of diversity: the rainbow.
The battle over neutrality was waged on social media:
“Our police should remain neutral in these issues,” one user wrote. “I think a police car should remain painted neutrally like a police car.”
Numerous others, however, cheered the department’s decision to support the city’s LGBT population.
“People have got to chill,” wrote one HPD sergeant, who identified herself as a lesbian. “There are vehicles and memorials honoring other groups of people, there’s associations, there’s laws to protect them too…you know what we don’t have? Someone representing the GLBT Community, someone to support us, someone to open up with and feel comfortable.”
The lesbian said people just need to chill. But here’s the sore spot: who’s funding the police? In other words, where’s the money coming from? And who is spending it?
Houston is mostly Christian…