Freedom From Religion group sues to halt patrol car crosses

ALPINE, Texas (AP) -- A West Texas county and its sheriff who put crosses on patrol vehicles have been sued by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Brewster County and Sheriff Ronny Dodson were sued Wednesday in federal court in Alpine.

The Wisconsin-based Foundation and two atheist members object to what they call exclusively Christian religious symbols on patrol vehicles. The lawsuit seeks to block religious messages on any Brewster County property.

Dodson in December asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for an opinion on whether the donated stickers can stay on the government vehicles.

Dodson has said the decals are not a statement of religious preference but that his deputies should "ask for all of the help" they could get.

The sheriff and the district attorney's office didn't immediately return messages for comment Wednesday.