Raisin’ Kaine. VA administration “bans referring to Jesus in public prayers.”
Well, it seems that the former-VP shortlister on the Democrats’ ticket has returned to taking care of the big issues in his home state of Virginia, after being bested by Sen. Joe Biden, the beltway insider. Forget poverty, crime and all those menial issues. Gov. Kaine and Col. W. Steven Flaherty, the head of the state police in VA, have put the kibosh on referring to Jesus by their chaplains.
Via CBN News:
There were several of us who felt that because of our convictions. about what the Bible says, we couldn’t agree to go along with a generic prayer policy,” said 13-year trooper Rex Carter, who works in Southwest Virginia.
Republican lawmakers in the state concurred, arguing that the new restrictions are a violation of the First Amendment and an attack on Christianity.
“For those of us who understand the importance of religion in American life and value the free expression of religion as one of our essential rights, the Kaine administration’s directive is disappointing and disheartening,” House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, said.
“Censoring what these chaplains can say is a violation of their First Amendment right to freedom of expression,” Del. Charles W. Carrico Sr., said.
The former state trooper is currently putting together an online petition to get the police department to rescind the new rule.
The state chaplain program, created in 1979, was designed to minister to department employees and grieving loved ones.
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