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Friday, September 26, 2008

Gov. Tim Kaine Whines about State Trooper Chaplins who resigned over Gov.'s edict banning Jesus Christ

Posted by MAXIMUS

The excerpts from this story from the Times Dispatch says it all. Tim Kaine is a gutless wonder, but does he say the prayers at all of the Obama rallies in Virginia?

Kaine lashes back at Griffith
Dispute centers on prayer policy for state police chaplains

Friday, Sep 26, 2008 - 12:08 AM


When it comes to religion in politics, it's hard to say what Jesus would do.
But Gov. Timothy M. Kaine yesterday fired back at House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, for what he termed "inaccuracies" and "misinformation" in a news release criticizing Kaine for a policy asking state police chaplains to deliver nondenominational prayers at public events.

"My office gave no directive to the state police, there is no mandate prohibiting police chaplains from mentioning Jesus Christ," Kaine wrote to Griffith. "No one has lost their jobs or positions because of this. All of which was stated or implied in your press release."

Rather, Kaine said a recent ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals established that remarks in such public events such as trooper graduations or annual memorial services constitute governmental speech. State police Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty, after consulting with the attorney general's office, asked chaplains to offer nondenominational prayers at public events. The directive did not apply to private ceremonies like counseling sessions or funerals.

Six of the department's 17 voluntary chaplains have resigned their ministries in protest. They retain their offices and salaries.

On Wednesday, Griffith said the Kaine administration prevented state police chaplains from referencing Jesus Christ and violated their First Amendment rights by forcing them to "disregard their own faith."

Kaine, a Catholic who served as a missionary in Honduras, clearly was not content to turn the other cheek after Griffith's political slap in the face.

He said Flaherty "gives the chaplains the opportunity to serve spiritural needs at state-sponsored events in a way that does not exclude any trooper," while respecting a chaplain's ability to practice his religion in private services. Link to the story here:

Queston for Governor Kaine, Why did the Troopers resign their Chaplin duties in protest when you state all is well with using Christ's name in prayer?

1 comment:

Reeja said...

It is an interesting post.

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