CHILDRESS, TX - The Childress Police Department continues to gain support from state politicians.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued and advisory opinion about the department's choice to include "In God We Trust" on its patrol cars.
In his letter, Paxton states in summary:
"A court is likely to conclude that a law enforcement department's display of the national motto, "In God We Trust," on its patrol vehicles is permissible under the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution."
This letter comes after the department received backlash from a national watchdog organization, ordering them to take off the decals.
Childress Police Chief Adrian Garcia said receiving the letter made him feel confident that putting the motto on his police cars was the right choice.
The Lubbock County Constable Office put similar decals on their cars the day after Paxton's letter was published.
Garcia said they were waiting for Paxton's letter before they made that decision.
But the advisory letter is by no means a law, nor did it change the law in any way.
WTAMU political science professor Dr. James Calvi explained that an advisory opinion simply has the force of law.
"It's called an advisory opinion for that reason," said Calvi. "'In my opinion,' he's saying, 'it's legal for them to do that.' And as the attorney general, that's binding until a court reverses it."
The court's ruling would trump the advisory of the governor or attorney general if this issue was taken to court.