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Charlotte police chaplains told to leave Jesus out of prayer

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -- The volunteer chaplains for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department have been told to leave the name of Jesus out of their prayers at official ceremonies.

The Charlotte Observer reported the change applies to events such a police graduations, memorials and promotions.

Maj. John Diggs says the goal is to be more sensitive to all the religions of the more than 2,000 police employees. Diggs says the policy is not designed to diminish anyone's Christian beliefs. But he says the police department is not a church.

Diggs says the department will find replacements for any chaplain who has trouble with the policy.

Diggs says the department's employees include Muslims and Jews. He says all six of the chaplains are Christian.

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I have literary magazine on

I have literary magazine on my Kindle and Monday I was in the waiting room at my daughter's orthodontist and saw the link for a poem titled, "A Prayer". I followed the link and the poem started, "Great Ooga-Booga". You'd be almost as well of praying to the Great Ooga-Booga as you would be in saying a prayer to nobody. One is idolatry, I don't know what the other one would be called, but both are completely pointless.

When will people wake up and actually read the Constitution? It protects our freedom OF religion. It in no way guarantees freedom FROM religion. Charlotte's police department is not only violating the freedom of religion for these chaplains, they are also violating their freedom of speech. I would hope that since they are Christians, that the Chaplains would refrain from any kind of prayer that does not include Jesus.

Good job Charlotte police!

work is not church!

work is not church!

work is not church!

slowly repeat

work. is. not. church!

respect all -not a few!

Reply re: Good job, Charlotte police!

Slowly say: government. cannot. interfere. with. church. Separation of church and state was known to mean that government must keep hands off the church -- that's why the pilgrims came here.

Jesus Christ.

Major Diggs listen mate.please be advised that muslims recognise JC aka Jesus Christ as one of the prophets and the jewish people recognise Jesus as Jewish.From a former Australian Federal police agent and member of the International police Association.Brisbane Queensland Australia. What's next from the atheistic leftist machinery in NC ? let me guess ..elimination of bibles crucifixes and Jesus out of Christian Hospitals and schools? Gawd help us all .We are watching this real close from over here all of 15,000 miles away.Regards to all the good people. JK.

Not all of NC is "the

Not all of NC is "the atheistic leftist machinery". In fact, not even a majority of North Carolinians are. That is evidenced by the marriage amendment that got passed in May. It is just certain areas are liberal and Charlotte is one of them.

Jesus Christ.

Major Diggs listen mate.please be advised that muslims recognise JC aka Jesus Christ as one of the prophets and the jewish people recognise Jesus as Jewish.From a former Australian Federal police agent and member of the International police Association.Brisbane Queensland Australia. What's next from the atheistic leftist machinery in NC ? let me guess ..elimination of bibles crucifixes and Jesus out of Christian Hospitals and schools? Gawd help us all .We are watching this real close from over here all of 15,000 miles away.Regards to all the good people. JK.

Jesus out of Prayer

If a Chaplain is a Christian and he is told to leave Christ out his prayers, then who is he praying to? Prayer is not empty speak. It is a conversation with God. To ask a Chaplain to leave out Jesus and pray a blanket prayer is essentially asking him to violate his beliefs. People should not be afraid to offend those who don't share their religious beliefs. The 1st Amendment protects his right to pray to his God as much as it protects non believers right to not believe. It is my humble opinion they are walking down a very shaky road. Perhaps they should reconsider.

geez

Reread.... It said to leave the name "JESUS" out. So instead they will need to say "god". It has nothing to do with non believers, its saying just leave specific names out. Its so all the religious people can pray along, not just you Christians. Last I heard your Jesus was god (to you), or did y'all change something? Like they said, its a Police station not a church. Bunch of hooey anyway.

@geez. To Christians, Jesus

@geez. To Christians, Jesus is God. But Muslims recognize God as Allah. Chaplains aren't there to push their beliefs on anyone. However they don't have to sacrifice their own religion to prevent others from being offended. The only ones who get offended are those that don't believe or just want to sour the milk. All religions have a constitutional right to practice their belief and that same right protects them from having to give up any part of their belief to not offend others. You also forget not everyone has a religion. So regardless of faith, when you speak to God (note the g is capitalized) during a prayer, you are 100% disregarding aethiests and agnostics. So where's your answer?

@good job Charlotte police, work is not church. You are correct. Church is a building where people go to worship, work is where you go to make money. Unless you work for a church, work is not church. There are laws and freedoms in place that make it illegal to prevent worship in a work environment. They stem from the same 1st amendment that you are using to attempt to make a point with repetitive sarcasm. We get it, but you have no leg to stand on.

They shouldn't leave Jesus

They shouldn't leave Jesus out. But also they should have other chaplains who have other religions and may say what they want also. That's equal to me. - from a Christian stand point