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-Charlotte, N.C.: Police Chaplains Can No Longer Pray in Jesus Name?

by Dr. D ~ June 21st, 2012


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Here’s the latest from Todd Starnes of Fox News:

For the past seven years Pastor Terry Sartain has ministered to police officers and their families in Charlotte, N.C. Whenever the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept. invited him to deliver an invocation, he prayed in “the name of Jesus.”

But not anymore.

Volunteer chaplains in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept. will no longer be allowed to invoke the name of Jesus in prayers at public events held on government property.

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Response: Invoking so-called ‘secular prayers’ are one of the new trends all across the country. It is one of the local government responses of choice to the complaints of secularist and atheist organizations that allowing ‘sectarian’ prayers on government property, during public meetings, or in government service is the same thing as an endorsement of a particular religion and a violation of the Constitution.

It is no such thing at all and many local governments have received help from legal groups like the Alliance Defense Fund and the Pacific Justice Institute to combat these bogus legal attacks. Other cities and local government have caved-in without a fight in order to save money.

Somehow or another this so-called violation only seems to be applied to Christian prayers. I have yet to read about any objections to Muslim prayers to Allah.

Meanwhile, as one pastor asked in the article, exactly who are these ‘secular prayers’ addressed to anyway? What god or goddess? One thing for sure the Constitution and the First Amendment no longer means a thing if government can determine the content of prayers and Christian preachers are no longer allowed to pray in the name of Jesus.            *Top

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