We're not outraged or "deeply disturbed" about the presence of the Christian symbol of a fish on a Boyle County Sheriff's Department cruiser, but we are convinced it's not a good idea.
We're concerned about allowing government employees to place symbols of their religious faith or other beliefs on government vehicles for several reasons:
First, the vehicles are not the property of the government employees and are not for their personal use. Therefore, they shouldn't post their personal opinions on them.
Secondly, allowing one employee to put a symbol of his personal beliefs on his cruiser could set a precedent that might put the local county government in a difficult situation. Clearly, judging from the letters we've received, most people do not find the fish, or ichthus, offensive. In fact, they seem to be pleased that it's there because they share the same beliefs. Other letter writers say they wouldn't mind seeing symbols of other religions - Judaism or Islam, for instance - on county cars.