- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Houston County officials say decals that refer to a Bible verse have been removed from the county’s patrol vehicles.

County Administrator Bill Dempsey told the Dothan Eagle Wednesday (https://bit.ly/1VmZ6wz ) that decals reading “Blessed are the peacemakers” have been removed from the sheriff’s department’s patrol vehicles. The decals also include a reference to the full Bible verse.

In late August, the Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened to file a civil lawsuit if the decals weren’t removed. Dempsey says that he and Sheriff Donald Valenza also received letters from Americans United for Separation of Church and State also threatening legal action.

Dempsey says Valenza wasn’t told to remove the decals, but did so because a recommendation was made to him after meeting with a local attorney and the county’s insurance carrier.

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Information from: The Dothan Eagle, https://www.dothaneagle.com


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