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Kentucky court upholds ‘Almighty God’ reference

Kentucky court upholds ‘Almighty God’ reference

Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 8:01 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A state appeals court has ruled that Kentucky may continue to give official credit for its homeland security to Almighty God.
Kentucky’s law establishing the state Office of Homeland Security requires its executive director to publicize a “dependence on Almighty God” in training and educational materials and through a plaque at the entrance to its emergency operations center.
By a 2-1 vote Thursday, the Kentucky Court of Appeals overturned Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate’s ruling in 2009 the phrase violates the U.S. and Kentucky constitutions of state-established religion. The law requires the Homeland Security director to post a plaque with the reference in the department’s headquarters.
Language in the 2006 legislation was inserted by state Rep. Tom Riner, D-Louisville, a pastor of Christ is King Baptist Church in Louisville.
Published in The Messenger 10.28.11

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