A police headquarters in Tennessee is going to remove a biblical passage that has been displayed for years because a group advocating for separation of church and state filed a complaint.
The Knoxville Police Department will take down the plaque with a Bible verse from Romans 8:31 that reads: “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us then who can be against us?”
The move came as a result of a complaint filed in February by the East Tennessee chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, who claimed that the police department has been promoting Christianity over other religions.
Police officers say that the message contained in the plaque comforts them before they head out to an assignment.
Police Chief David Rausch said it was designed to be “motivational” rather than a tool to promote a particular religion.
But Knoxville mayor Madeline Rogero eventually decided to have the plaque removed and placed in a police museum at the same building after receiving three threatening letters from Aleta Ledendecker, the head of the atheist group.
Allen B. West reports:
Leftists in America have a severely deficient understanding of what it really means to have separation of church and state.
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.