'In God We Trust' decals on police units face opposition in Sulphur

'In God We Trust' decals on police units face opposition in Sulphur

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - Sulphur Police and Fire Department vehicles will soon be sporting a new decal on them. "In God We Trust" decals are being applied this week, and they aren't costing the city a dime, but it's not without some opposition.

Business leaders in Sulphur presented money to the city for the newest addition to police cruisers. Jack Hebert, John DeRosier, Mike Danahay, Mike Kile, Kenny Phipps, and Ronnie Johns donated to have "In God We Trust" on the units.

"What police are going through today, they need to ask for some help from a higher power," said Hebert.

A few of the units have already gotten the phrases across the back of them, and the rest will soon follow.

"Our officers are satisfied or happy with it," said Sulphur Police Chief Lewis Coats, "I think it's a positive in the negative world that we live in."

Chief Lewis Coats knows it could cause some friction, but says he's standing by Mayor Chris Duncan's decision.

"If they're offended, I'm offended that they're offended," said Coats.

One of those opposed, made it known at the council meeting.

"Some people interpret that as a breach of the first amendment," said Jake LeBrun in his address to the council.

He plans to raise funds to have other religious phrases put on the cruisers.

"Namaste, Blessed Be, Praise the Goddess, Allahu Akbar, Hail Satan, and Good without Gods," he explained in the meeting.

We caught up with LeBrun to see what he thinks of other uses of the phrase "In God We Trust" like printed on money and in the Pledge of Allegiance.

"Well, I think that it would be a lot easier to take those phrases off and have it state that sponsors no religion, no religiosity or ideals, while being tolerant of all faiths of its citizens," said LeBrun.

LeBrun doesn't believe police, firefighters or any public official should affiliate their jobs with any religion, and says Mayor Duncan has opened a can of worms.

"If they are going to open the door they are going to have to be inclusive otherwise it's outright discrimination," LeBrun said.