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Kentucky can continue crediting God for homeland security

Posted by doctore0 on August 20, 2012

Embarrassing eh 🙂

The Kentucky Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to a state law mandating that the commonwealth give credit to Almighty God for its homeland security.

The top court issued a brief order dated last week denying a petition to review the case. Several citizens represented by the group American Atheists had challenged the law.

By declining to take the case, the Supreme Court lets stand a 2011 split decision by the Kentucky Court of Appeals upholding the mandate.

At issue were two related laws passed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The first was a 2002 “legislative finding” saying the “safety and security of the commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God.”

The second was a 2006 act creating the state’s Office of Homeland Security and requiring its executive director to publicize “dependence on Almighty God” in agency training and educational materials and through a plaque at the entrance to its emergency operations center. The office has done so in years since

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