Ellen Bogan expects police to protect and serve — not proselytize.
But she says Indiana State Police Trooper Brian Hamilton pitched Christianity to her when he pulled her over for an alleged traffic violation in August on U.S. 27 in Union County.
With the lights on his marked police car still flashing, the trooper handed Bogan a warning ticket. Then, Bogan said, Hamilton posed some personal questions.
Did she have a home church?
Did she accept Jesus Christ as her savior?
"It's completely out of line and it just — it took me aback," Bogan, 60, told The Indianapolis Star.
Bogan and the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana have filed a lawsuit in federal court against Hamilton. The lawsuit alleges he violated Bogan's First and Fourth Amendment rights when he probed into her religious background and handed her a church pamphlet that asks the reader "to acknowledge that she is a sinner."
This is a rather important incident regarding the separation of Church and State and those who want to break that barrier down.
This is what the country would look like with government endorsement of religion. People using their position and authority to push their religious views on others.
That is why it's not acceptable. Not in a school. Not on the courthouse steps. Not in a city council meeting. Nowhere.