Gay pride is in vogue in Houston, Texas. “Blessed are the peacemakers” are out in Montgomery County, Virginia.
Gay Pride In
The department’s new “Pride Car” was ready to go. It’s complete with rainbow decals, saluting Houston’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Acevedo planned to attend, and encouraged the same of staff members.
“By actually participating … we send a very powerful message that we’re an inclusive department,” he said, “where every segment of society is welcome, is respected, and will be protected by the Houston Police Department.”
But not everyone is ready to join the parade. The prospect of marching in the free-spirited gay-rights celebration has some members of his leadership crying foul, and pictures of the festive cruiser sparked contentious debate on social media.
“Our duty is to protect and serve, not participate in an event that completely goes against our religious beliefs,” said one commander, who asked not to be identified.
The behind-the-scenes brouhaha comes as Acevedo — who just celebrated six months as the city’s top cop — continues his efforts to remake the department and bring it in line with his ethos for “relational policing.”
“Blessed are the peacemakers” Out
Conversely, the peacemakers are not allowed to be blessed in Montgomery County, Virginia, according to Todd Starnes.
The sheriff was ordered on May 17 to remove decals bearing a portion of a well-known Bible verse from patrol cars.
The decal, which had been posted on vehicles in March, bore the words, “Blessed are the peacemakers…Matthew 5:9.”
“Our intent was, and still is, to honor our fellow brothers and sisters in law enforcement,” Sheriff C.H. Partin wrote in a statement to Fox News.
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) June 25, 2017
Professionals Will Serve
As a result, there are strong feelings coming from protagonists and antagonists on each issue. Oftentimes cops get ground up in political issues. Nevertheless, professional law enforcement officers will always protect and serve regardless of where the call originates.
Cases can be made when officers identifying with one side or the other were wounded or killed protecting the rights of the other. Let’s not go there. Regardless of their personal beliefs, peace officers serve humanity and protect life . . . PERIOD . . . END OF STORY!