A plaque containing a Bible verse located in a Knoxville, Tennessee police department is being taken down after complaints from an angry atheist group raised Cain about it.
The free exercise of religion has once again come under attack so that the feelings of a few might be placated.
According to Knoxville News Sentinel, Generations of Knoxville Police Department officers have passed by a plaque with that bit of scripture as they headed out to fight crime. Now, the sign is being taken down after an atheist organization based in Madison, Wis., demanded it be removed, the USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee has learned.
For those of you keeping score, that would be our old anti-Christian “friends,” the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
“I have walked through those doors for a lot of years and that sign has been there giving me strength, encouragement and comfort to do this job,” KPD Deputy Chief Cindy Gass wrote in an email to KPD employees announcing an official ceremony for the removal of the plaque set for 9:30 Friday morning.
City Law Director Charles Swanson said Tuesday that the East Tennessee chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a complaint about the plaque, which quotes Romans 8:31 and is located on a wall near an employee deli. It is not in the public areas of the Safety Building, where KPD is headquartered on Howard Baker Jr. Boulevard.
At a Wednesday news conference, Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said the plaque would be moved to a new Hall of Inspiration that the department will create inside the Safety Building.
Leftists in America have a severely deficient understanding of what it really means to have separation of church and state.
The phrase, coined by Thomas Jefferson, is not included in the Constitution, but is found in a letter to the Danbury Baptists. The letter focused on how there should be no state-sponsored Christian church from a specific denomination, as a means of avoiding a situation like the Church of England in Britain.
The Founding Fathers were big believers in the free exercise of religion and based most of our laws and the Constitution on biblical principles, something that’s a well-documented historical fact.
Separation of church and state has never been about a “secularized” government free from the influence of an individual’s religious beliefs, particularly those of Christianity.
Every person has a worldview that shapes their stance on policy, it’s impossible to separate your personally held beliefs from how you think the state should govern.
The question then becomes, which worldview is morally right and which one isn’t — the answer to that being beyond the scope of this piece.
[This article was written by Michael Cantrell. Follow him on Twitter: @MCantrell0928 and Facebook: @MichaelCantrellSite]