FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A group of atheists filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to remove part of a state anti-terrorism law that requires Kentucky's Office of Homeland Security to acknowledge it can't keep the state safe without God's help.
The story explains that starting in 2006 the Office of Homeland Security is required to post a plaque that says the safety and security of the state "cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon almighty God" and to stress that fact through training and educational materials.
Now, I happen to agree with the spiritual sentiments expressed here, but I also agree with those who find it inappropriate. This is not centuries old traditional wording that has become part of the fabric of our society, Christmas greetings and statements like "In God We Trust" on the money, etc. This to me is an attempt by the religious right to force feed their beliefs on everyone else.
How do you see it?
Naturally it's not without extreme reactions. I love the way the religious guys take that attitude of righteous superiority while the atheists get mad.
"It is one of the most egregiously and breathtakingly unconstitutional actions by a state legislature that I've ever seen," said Edwin F. Kagin, national legal director of Parsippany, N.J.-based American Atheists Inc. The group claims the law violates both the state and U.S. constitutions.
State Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, said the preamble to the Kentucky constitution references a people "grateful to almighty God," so he said he sees no constitutional violation in enlisting God in the state's homeland security efforts.
"God help us if we don't," he said.
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