The Crandall Police Department recently joined the Lip Sync Challenge when they posted a video on their Facebook page where officers lip-synched the evangelical Christian song “God’s Not Dead.”
CPD joined many other police organizations throughout the United States who recorded videos for the Lip Sync Challenge.
Some controversy has followed the release of the CPD video as the The Freedom From Religion Foundation objected to aspects of the video.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation said “the department’s video included many instances of explicit endorsement of Christianity, including the police chief repeatedly pointing to the sky (while lyrics like “Now I’m lost in Your freedom” play), a spotlight on a Christian cross on the wall while the chief reads a bible below it, officers posing in front of a sign reading “FOR GOD’S GLORY,” and a shot of “In God We Trust” printed on the side of a department vehicle.
FFRF Associate Counsel Sam Grover writes to Crandall Police Department Chief Dean Winters , saying “the Supreme Court has long held that the Establishment Clause ‘mandates government neutrality between religion and religion, and between religion and nonreligion.’”
Counsel Grover quoted the Supreme Court again saying, “The Crandall Police Department’s video conveys a message to non-Christians that they are not ‘favored members of the community.'”