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imported_Seasons
08-27-2009, 06:09 PM
Wasn't sure if this should be in religion or government, honestly...but its a Democrat trying to force references to God to be in the local Homeland Security office papers.


Originally Reported by Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - It is one thing to trust in God, but quite another to be ordered to rely on protection from above during national emergencies, a judge has ruled.

Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate said in Wednesday's decision that references to a dependence on "Almighty God" in the law that created the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security is akin to establishing a religion, which the government is prohibited from doing in the U.S. and Kentucky constitutions. Ten Kentucky residents and a national atheist group sued to have the reference stricken.

"It is breathtakingly unconstitutional," said Edwin Kagin, national legal director for American Atheists Inc. in Union, "and Judge Wingate goes to great detail as to why it is."

The judge wrote in the 18-page ruling: "The statute pronounces very plainly that current citizens of the Commonwealth cannot be safe, neither now, nor in the future, without the aid of Almighty God. Even assuming that most of this nation's citizens have historically depended upon God, by choice, for their protection, this does not give the General Assembly the right to force citizens to do so now."

The language in the 2006 legislation had been inserted by state Rep. Tom Riner, D-Louisville, a pastor of Christ is King Baptist Church in Louisville.

Riner said he planned to ask Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway to seek a reconsideration of the order. Conway has 10 days to do that, and 30 days to appeal.

"They make the argument ... that it has to do with a religion," Riner said, "and promoting a religion. God is not a religion. God is God."

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Wingate noted in the order that there are 32 references to God or Almighty God in state statutes and the state constitution.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32581781/ns/us_news-faith/

Riner: ...Seriously? God is not a religion? You're not promoting a religion? How stupid can you be?

Shrike
08-27-2009, 08:17 PM
Wasn't sure if this should be in religion or government, honestly...but its a Democrat trying to force references to God to be in the local Homeland Security office papers.


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32581781/ns/us_news-faith/

Riner: ...Seriously? God is not a religion? You're not promoting a religion? How stupid can you be?

Unfortunately, I think we have a long way to go before we as a species can answer that question.

Measure Man
06-10-2013, 07:36 PM
Unfortunately, I think we have a long way to go before we as a species can answer that question.

We MUST be getting close to finding out...

RobotChicken
06-10-2013, 09:01 PM
"And another Blast from the past to add fire to the flames..."