A Bible verse that's been hanging in Knoxville Police headquarters for decades is now hanging in a new spot, after a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The sign quote's Romans 8:31, reading "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us then who can be against us.”

The group that filed the complaint in February felt the sign showed a religious preference by a government agency.

Earlier this week, city leaders decided the passage couldn’t legally stand alone. Police moved the sign to the other side of the door to join other signs of religious and historical quotes, in a “hall of inspiration.”

“While people may think this was such an easy decision to deal with, it was not,” Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said.

Some people feel it was a good compromise.

“It’ll be the last thing they see as they go out the door,” said retired KPD Sgt. Charles Gass. “And I think it’s good.”

But some have criticized city leaders for not fighting to keep the quote in place. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said if they felt they had a cause, they would have pursued it.

“Why fight that when in fact there’s a solution that’s maybe even better than the original one?” Rogero said.
On Friday some police officers passed out similar printed versions of the quote for them to place in their cruisers.