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Police Prayer Policy Taken to Court

Police Prayer Policy Taken to Court

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Associated Press

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.

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The retired trooper and Grayson County Republican introduced legislation in the 2009 General Assembly reversing the order. It failed by one vote in a Senate committee, and Grayson has refiled it for the session that begins next month.

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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    hlazurm

    over 4 years ago

    14 Comments

    My interpretation of our Constitution, where it is plainly written that there is a separation of Church and State, is that there should be no authoritative representation of a religious doctrine during meetings of government where it is mixed with government business. This principle is there preceisely to avoid this kind of issue/problem. One look at the comments here indicates the other issues where, for instance lilcasino510 thinks his interpretation of God is the only "true" one and others think, absurdly, that this issue has to do with Obama our "rogue" president, another ignorant and strongly biased point of view.
    I think the court would have been well within the meaning of our Constitution to disallow any religious based commentary, prayers, symbols, and the rest of it, to enter the halls of our government in any manner. I think the court erred in this decision, as well as the 1954 "In God We Trust" decision allowing this phrase to appear on our money and any rendering that, by doing so, results in both a Constitutional misreading as well as a danger to those who may have different beliefs, something our laws are meant to protect. We should NEVER legalize a belief. Only actions should be matters of law, not beliefs...period.

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    lilcasino510

    over 4 years ago

    886 Comments

    What's the point of praying if you can't petition the One True God and his son Jesus Christ.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    jkhunph you really hit it right on the head. I gotta give a big BUMP to your comments.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    This is what happens when you elect a rogue president who doensn't take a stand and lead with FAITH! This is what happens when the laws of justice swing in favor of a particular group of liberals who only hold America in contempt. This is what happens when your elected officails dare not stand up and protect the contstitution of the United States of America with boldness. This is why 'tea parties all across this nation answered the call to STAND UP FOR AMERICA that was formed from the sweated brow and the bloodied band of brothers who fought and are still fighting on foreign soil. That we as Americans might do our part at home while they fight for us to defend our way of life and freedom that didn't come except by the sacrifices of those who dared to stand so that we might take over the watch and dare those who would bind us up in political rhetorical worthless speeches could not take our beloved country down into the pits of hell. We have fought, our sons and our daughters have fought, bled and died and all for these who would call themselves leaders of the free world. IT MAKES ME SICK TO MY STOMACHE to think that these people care nothing for this country and only want the power and the control over WE THE PEOPLE. I SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

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    southpore1

    over 4 years ago

    156 Comments

    Richmond, VA has Libtards too? I expect this from NYC. Let's all follow this story closely until Carrico's success.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Jonas what ever happened to tolerance and the right of people to practice faith based on the laws of GOD!

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    jhunph

    over 4 years ago

    1116 Comments

    Do you want to know why our country is in the crapper the way it is? Because people have forgotten to thank GOD Almighty. What do I care what denomination the person praying for me is? I should thank him/her that he cares enough to pray for my safety. Non-denominational? Sounds like they want to demonize things. We have enough demons running around already!!!!!!!

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    clobster

    over 4 years ago

    1552 Comments

    I've been a Christian all my life. When I was in my Freshman year of college we had a guest speaker who belonged to a local Indian tribe who was a healer. Towards the end of class he told us he would show us some of the work he does by praying for us to his Gods for health and well being. No one snubbed his prayer and no one was offended by it, but instead we were all thankful and honored by him to do it for us. People need to realize that just because the views may not match up, does not mean they're trying to cram it down your throat with good tidings and well wishing. Take a well wishing prayer and be thankful that someone cares about you enough to offer it.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    No one can dictate the convictions of the heart. Our country was founded upon the faith our Fathers. If this keeps up our nation will continue to reap not a bountiful harvest of food, but a whirlwind of cataclimic significance. Pray for our country and those who would bind us up and give God cause to pour out judgment upon America. It all started with the election of man who pretended to be a man of faith and once ushered in turned his back. We shall continue to see things worsen and I hope to God I just live to see the next election!!!

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Do you think the Atheist's would be upset if you mentioned "GOD"? The Wiccan's if you didn't mention "The Earth and the Goddess'? Heaven help us.......
    GOOD - GOD = O

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Would the Atheist's be upset if you mentioned "GOD"? GOOD - GOD = O

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    LIDARguy

    over 4 years ago

    356 Comments

    The song is right: ". . .Jesus getting smaller. . ." This is ridiculous.

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    jakester

    over 4 years ago

    1148 Comments

    Either Virgina State Police Superintendant Steven Flaherty is another bureaucrat worried about political correctness and its affect concerning his pension or he is an ego maniac with an inferiority complex. Both types believe they can control our thoughts and actions concerning faith. Regardless, I will pray for him and more importantly, I know God will look our him whether he approves of it or not. That my friends is why politicians have never been able to place their shackles on faith despite whatever or whoever one has faith in.

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    WesternLawman

    over 4 years ago

    26956 Comments

    This is political correctness gone mad! This has to stop!

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    beejac

    over 4 years ago

    1424 Comments

    Prayer by Chaplains is not a subject to be dictated by bureaucrats.

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