Atheists Sue To Remove God From Kentucky Homeland Security

American Atheists Inc. has filed a lawsuit 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. At issue is 2002 law that stresses God’s role in Kentucky’s homeland security alongside the military, police agencies and health departments.

Of specific concern is a 2006 clause requiring the Office of Homeland Security 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.

The plaque itself which is posted at the Kentucky Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort, includes the Bible verse: “Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain (Psalm 127:1).”

Edwin F. Kagin, national legal director of Parsippany, N.J.-based American Atheists Inc. claims, “It is one of the most egregiously and breathtakingly unconstitutional actions by a state legislature that I’ve ever seen.” The group claims the law violates both the state and U.S. constitutions.

On the opposing side, state Rep. Tom Riner, a Baptist minister from Louisville, said he considers it vitally important to acknowledge God’s role in protecting Kentucky and the nation.

“No government by itself can guarantee perfect security,” Riner said. “There will always be this opposition to the acknowledgment of divine providence, but this is a foundational understanding of what America is.”

Kentucky isn’t the only state dealing with religious issues in the courts, but Ed Buckner, president of American Atheists, said it stands alone alone in officially enlisting God in homeland security.

“I’m not aware of any other state or commonwealth that is attempting to dump their clear responsibility for protecting their citizens onto God or any other mythological creature,” Buckner said.

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.

While some may think it is silly to place the responsibility of homeland security on God’s shoulders, in all reality it is simply a statement of faith, that is faith in the Almighty’s protection. And believe me the day that God’s hand is withdrawn from protecting this great country of ours, we will know it. Should we continue the course we are on, that day may come sooner than we think.

I am reminded of II Chronicles 7:14 – “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

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  1. @John J. Righteous Hypocrite – When you say “these terrorists we Americans all fear so greatly are killing in the name of God — your God, their God” I must point out that all gods are not the same. For example the Islam worship of Allah is not even close to the Christian worship of Jesus Christ.

    Your statement seems to blame ‘God’ for the current terrorist activity and nothing could be further from the truth. When will humans stop blaming God for their problems and flaws?

    Secondly, you say a simple act of prayer cannot ‘stop a man from taking his own life to end yours.’ I strongly disagree. If a prayer is offered up to God and nothing is impossible with God, then anything can happen.

  2. Considering that this is “anti-terrorism legislation,” the separation of church and state that we are constitutionally required to observe is being breached by this clause’s very existence. No one has ever killed in the name of atheism. Atheists cherish life, as we believe it is the only one we have. Christians believe that they have a better afterlife, which causes them to not value this life near as much as the one they are hoping for where they will “walk next to Jesus.” People die regularly to “serve God,” which is the force behind terrorism being a recurrent piece of our society. Do not blame atheists, who are among the most peaceful people on this planet, for any shortcomings Christians have created on their own. We would rather fight terrorism through logic and reason rather than praying to an invisible sky daddy that has given us no real proof that it exists in the first place. Put your money where the odds are, my friend. Don’t live life in fear for no reason.

  3. You, sir, are failing to understand one very important thing here: These terrorists we Americans all fear so greatly are killing in the name of God — your God, their God; Yahweh, Allah, the monotheistic deity. The Big Guy is on their side as well. The fact that you, who I assume to be a grown man, and other Christians retort to this ‘protect us, almighty God’ nonsense is dangerous and irresponsible. Do you not realize that the simple act of prayer will not stop a man from taking his own life to end yours, in the name of God? When Christians learn to stop their faith from polarizing the world around them, maybe, just maybe we humans can evolve as a species in peace, love and understanding. It’s your choice, peace or annihilation.

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