I tought US cops wern't supposed to promote religion while on dutyOfficer Promoted Religion During Traffic Stop
Druid Couple Said They Were Targeted Because Of Their Beliefs
GREER, S.C. -- A volunteer police officer in Greer is under investigation after a Greenville County couple accused the officer of promoting his religion during a traffic stop.
Tony Gainey and D.J. Gainey said reserve officer Tony Stewart pulled them over because of the bumper stickers on their car. One of the stickers read, "It's a druid thing."Both of them believe in druidism -- a nature-and-art focused religion.
The officer cited Tony Gainey for driving with a suspended license, not having proper license plates or proof of insurance.Gainey said Stewart asked them about their bumper stickers. They said a few days later they received a card and letter from Stewart.In the card he wrote: "God is calling you to listen to words from the Baptists. This is clear! If you deny this, then you are pushing away the hand of God and that would not be wise."D.J. Gainey said, "He really felt like he was led to talk to us, to give us the message that God wanted us to hear because we were not following the right way."Greer Police said their investigation could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.Stewart is an unpaid volunteer. He's been with the police department for 14 years.Stewart did not comment because this is an active investigation. He will not be on duty again until the investigation is complete.