A rural Texas county has reached a deal to remove cross image decals from their police cars and ban “political, religious, commercial or personal” phrases or signs on county-owned property, a group that challenged the county said on Monday. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a nationwide group that promotes the separation of church and state, and two of its members sued this year to remove the decals they said amounted to unconstitutional local government promotion of Christianity.
The Brewster County Clerk’s office said its Commissioners’ Court had agreed to the settlement. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, had stood behind the sheriff’s department for displaying a cross with a horizontal thin blue line on their patrol vehicles. Abbott said the cross is part of U.S. historical practices. READ MORE