National Police Week is a time for the nation to both appreciate and learn about our country’s officers in blue.

These men and women do a job that often goes without a thank you, knowing one day it may cost them the ultimate price.

While figures like Vice President Mike Pence are visiting police stations and passing out honors, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors in Virginia issued a slap to the police’s efforts to honor their own fallen members.

Todd Starnes reported:

The peacemakers are not allowed to be blessed in Montgomery County, Virginia.

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.

The Montgomery County police department will now have to find another way to express their appreciation, grief, and love for fallen brothers and sisters on the force.

And those of faith will now have to do so without drawing support and comfort from the Bible.

When Todd Starnes first heard of the instruction to remove the tribute decals, he was in disbelief that any of Montgomery County’s elected officials could have handed down such a “detestable” order.

But when he approached the Board of Supervisors to protest it, he found out the order had come FROM the very same board.

Todd Starnes reported:

“In my mind, there’s nothing wrong with the statement itself,” supervisor Chris Tuck told me. “Any individual can put that on your car however they would like. However, based on our legal advice, when you put, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers’ and make the reference to Matthew 5:9, there are some serious concerns about the Establishment Clause and Separation of Church and State and the First Amendment.”

Tuck claimed the board sought the advice of an attorney before giving the order, but Todd Starnes, who has been working in journalism since 2005, and knows a bit about the First Amendment, thinks the Board of Supervisors need a better lawyer.

Of course, “Separation of Church and State” is the go-to argument for easily offended leftists trying to get any kind of religious symbol removed from public view, despite the term “Separation of Church and State” not even appearing in the first amendment.

Furthermore, an argument could hardly be made in court that simply displaying a bumper sticker with a Bible verse could be considered establishing a state religion under the Establishment Clause.

But for now the stickers will likely stay off.

So, just like so many crosses torn down across the nation in recent years, the Bible verses were removed from the police department’s vehicles.

And while both the board and Sheriff Partin might have wanted to ignore the advice of their attorney, they worried fighting this order could harm the local tax payers.

Starnes asked the board if the attorney had been sought out after some sort of complaint.

He found out an inquiry about the decals was made by ‘busybodies’ at the Roanoke Times, looking to stir up local drama to report on, no doubt.

The board described this inquiry as “the first”, implying that a local controversy was brewing.

Demonstrating the fear that even small, local governments feel about ANY controversy surrounding the police, the Board of Supervisors caved before a demand could even be made.

Worried that failing to remove the decals could cost the county or the police department large sums in legal fees, the board went on to give the order and Sheriff Partin acquiesced.

Sheriff Partin gave in with what appeared to be intent to avoid a conflict in the local community.

In the midst of National Police Week, we want to focus on those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving their communities,” the sheriff said. “The last thing that I want is for this to become a distraction to the men and women who serve their communities selflessly every day.

Hopefully, the sheriff will get his wish.

Although, it is possible that the removal of police officer’s words of comfort, even one as simple as the verse Matthew 5:9, is a distraction in and of itself.

Despite those who would trouble them like the pot-stirrers over at the Roanoke Times, the message of the verse remains true.

Blessed are the peacemakers.

Americans must remember this even after National Police Week has come and gone.