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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Cross on Chaplain Uniform Deemed Unconstitutional

Within the Spokane, Washington Police Department is a program called the Chaplain Volunteer Program. It's purpose is to help police officers and families after critical incidents occur. The chaplain uniform included the police emblem over a golden cross. Ray Ideaus, an atheist pastor (now there's an oxymoron), filed a federal lawsuit against the chaplains, arguing it is unconstitutional for chaplains to wear a religious emblem. Under pressure of this lawsuit, the city has agreed to, not only remove the patch, but to also allow non-religious people to become chaplains. The head of the chaplain board called this an attack on Christianity.

Police chaplains lose cross in wake of federal lawsuit

Cross in US police chaplains' badge removed

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