A sheriff’s department in an Alabama town says it “won’t bow” to a left-wing organization’s demands that it stop encouraging prayer in response to tragedies on social media.
Like many public officials across the country, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office commonly invokes references to non-sectarian prayer in public comments about the loss of life, from simply stating "our prayers are with" an affected family to asking the community to "fall to our knees and pray fervently for mercy and peace."
But, now, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has sent a letter to the Sheriff's office suggesting that they will pursue legal action if prayer continues to be solicited.
Thankfully, however, the Walker Sheriff’s Office community relations officer T.J. Armstrong responded by saying: "We consider it a great honor to be considered and to have received a wonderful letter from the ‘Freedom From Religion’ organization. Proud to have a Sheriff that won’t bow to political pressure or the devices of the enemy!”
And, this petition fully supports the Walker County sheriff's office position. Please support their right to invoke prayer by SIGNING this petition, today!
Contrary to contemporary misconception, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was never intended to purge religious statements or ideas from the public sphere.
"The purpose behind the Establishment Clause was not to create ‘a wall of separation between church and state.’ (As the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals once noted, ‘this extra-constitutional construct has grown tiresome.’)," the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has previously explained.
"The very same Congress (specifically, the First Congress) that approved the language of the Establishment Clause also provided for the appointment of chaplains in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives."
Thank you for standing with the Sheriff's Office of Walker County, Alabama, as they continue to invoke God's blessing on those who suffer tragedy and are in need of healing.
And, thank you for SIGNING and SHARING this petition, today!
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The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is an organization dedicated to challenging benign expressions of religiosity at every level of government.
Previous FFRF targets have included crosses and nativity scenes at local courthouses, judges giving Bibles to repentant convicts, prayer at school board meetings, senators tweeting Bible verses, and elementary school Bible clubs.