Police Prayer Policy Taken to Court
December 30, 2009
RICHMOND, Va. – A state legislator is renewing his effort to undo a Virginia State Police requirement that its chaplains deliver only non-denominational prayers at official events.
Del. Charles Carrico claims that the 2008 directive from State Police Superintendent Steven Flaherty violates the chaplains’ constitutional right to free exercise of religion.
Religion in Policing
Flaherty issued the order after a federal appeals court upheld a Fredericksburg City Council policy requiring nonsectarian prayers to open council meetings.
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