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PC Police trump NC Police with “Secular prayer” rule


A Charlotte, N.C., police chaplain recently received some ridiculous news after seven years of serving local officers and the community in that capacity.

Though he is also the pastor of a Christian church (keyword: Christian), Terry Sartain and his fellow chaplains are no longer allowed to mention the name of Jesus during public invocations. In fact, given the invocation’s root word, “invoke”, the term refers to actually calling upon a specific deity. I guess the department will scrap any further use of the term because of this development.

The man in charge of the chaplain program reportedly said the decision was a “matter of respecting that people may have different faiths,” though Sartain said he’s never experienced any backlash from those holding alternate religious views.

Sometimes the PC police infiltrate the actual police, which is apparently what has happened in this community – a North Carolina community nonetheless. I know the Charlotte area is not as conservative as some other areas of the state, such as the beautiful Outer Banks on which I lived for several years, but it’s still not San Fransisco or Chicago. This is a place located squarely on the Bible Belt, which supposedly meant something at some point in the past.

“It brings about a very real concern about where we are heading as a nation,” Sartain reportedly replied. I could not have said it better.

To be clear, the department’s police chaplains are still welcome to pray, as long as the prayer is not directed to Jesus. This distinction led Sartain to ask what I feel to be the only natural follow-up question: to whom exactly should he direct his prayer?

The police department’s reply was that he should deliver “secular” prayers. I’m sorry, but that phrase sounds like an oxymoron. I suppose it could be some reference to meditation or thinking happy thoughts, but either way, there’s not much need for an ordained Christian pastor to deliver them.

Sartain, along with the officers in this department and their families, are just the latest victims in the ongoing culture war, leading the pastor to remove his name from consideration for future public invocations.

When an agency no longer allows a pastor to mention the namesake of his faith, he can no more perform his duties than a doctor prohibited from prescribing medicine.

These anti-Christian leftists tout fairness and compromise when making these demands, as though taking away one group’s liberty will somehow positively affect another group. Just as you won’t get rich if a millionaire loses his money, this argument displays a failed understanding of the word “fair.”

Long-held religious institutions, even the Charlotte police chaplain program, must be preserved in order for the moral backbone of this country to exist. Of course, many on the far left wish to change everything about America, including its Judeo-Christian values. They see government as the one true religion, a secular god in itself. Now that I think about it, I guess that’s why they favor secular prayer.

In my understanding of the Bill of Rights, government is prohibited from interfering in my faith. Liberals interpret it to mean the exact opposite.

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