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N.C. Police Chaplains Told To Stop Invoking Jesus

June 21, 2012  | 

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has asked its chaplains to stop mentioning Jesus in their invocations at department events.

The change, which took place about a month ago, applies to police graduations, promotions and memorials, reports the Charlotte Observer. Maj. John Diggs, who heads the department's volunteer chaplain program, said the move was made to show greater sensitivity to all religions practiced by the more than 2,000 police employees.

"This is not in any way an effort to demean anybody's Christian beliefs,” Diggs told the Observer. "It's to show respect for all the religious practices in our organization. CMPD is not anybody's church."

Tags: First Amendment, Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD, Police Chaplains


Comments (24)

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Murgy01 @ 6/21/2012 6:07 PM

Another case of politically correct BS. What is this country comming to ??

DPB @ 6/21/2012 6:24 PM

Remove God, destroy the country! You think this is bad, read the BLAZE online and see what else is coming! I very much believe history is repeating itself. The American Republic is falling much faster than any expected because we are allowing it.

John Wilson @ 6/21/2012 6:52 PM

No man will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, save through Jesus Christ our Lord. Christians should be allowed to address their religion just as Moslems voice theirs. This is a shame that will haunt this country for a long long time after it is gone. Without God, there is no U.S.A.

Tom Ret @ 6/21/2012 7:23 PM

Chaplains should just tell the powers that want to exclude Jesus, there will be no invocation without him.

R. G. Montgomery @ 6/21/2012 8:29 PM

Any prayer not in Jesus' name is not a prayer - it's just a collection of words.

The United States is not a 'Christian Nation' in the sense of a state religion; however it was founded and prospered as a nation of Christians.

Remove Jesus? Just be honest and remove the chaplains.

George @ 6/21/2012 9:09 PM

The many false proffets, for which God said there will be, are taking over this great nation and destroying the basic principles on which it was founded and our forefathers practiced. First, you took God out of the class room and all student activities, then the court room. Was that correct and the results good? Now, Law Enforcement. Someday, when it is too late, your going to realize this 'political correct thing' was not so correct after all. When the end time comes (for this nation or this world) many will turn to God but it will be to late. Where will you turn? Your helping to lead the natural born christian citizens of this great nation straight to hell for just a few false proffets.

American Eagle @ 6/21/2012 9:54 PM

I found it interesting, in a recent Bible study class, that the U.S. (as a people or region) is not really mentioned in the "End Times" prophecies. You'd think issues like this may be why our future as a prominent country are rapidly disappearing. I just never believed so much could change in such a short time.

parapyropig @ 6/21/2012 10:55 PM

Nice dark ages attitudes, guys... And to think people wonder why I became atheistic...

michael @ 6/22/2012 12:15 AM

Maj. Diggs you got alot of guts and no backbone. The Lord Jesus will give you all that you need, all you have to do is ask and truly believe in the Lord Jesus is your Savior. But, to have the word "Jesus" taken out of everything is a complete insult to all. This is the way of our traditions and our beliefs.
I do believe you will answer someday for this.

TB @ 6/22/2012 6:40 AM

The political correctness of any governmental function has continued to pick up speed since more elected officials are worried about offending the minority than the silent majority. There has to be a 'standard' for this government to operate by - that is why we swear in by using the Bible and end prayers by using Jesus' name - to maintain God's Blessings on this county. I agree with several of the other posts - just get rid of the Chaplain Program all together before you force clergy to pray incorrectly. There will be no end to the erosion of values in our society until a stand is made by enough people to keep God and His Holy Word as part of the foundation of our communities. May His Will be done.

Juan 10-13 @ 6/22/2012 6:58 AM

Hey TB you need a vacation my man...really! Leave the Chaplains alone that's their job.

mm @ 6/22/2012 8:58 AM

When we removed God from the schools to avoid offending the few it only took about one generation for the school shootings to begin. When the Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked people flocked to churches and it was no longer a worry of offending others, prayers were done openly on TV and Radio. You stubborn and stiff necked people why do you only follow when the situation is dire? If people don't agree can't they plug their ears or avert their eyes? Shame on you Charlotte-Mecklenberg. Joshua 24:15.

Rev. Lowrey @ 6/22/2012 9:37 AM

Are these comments from the same LE's who regularly espouse behaviors and attitudes that directly conflict with the teachings of Jesus?

What a surprise! Remember what he said about those who "honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me"?

Isn't it reasonable to respect the diversity of religious beliefs among fellow officers by not appealing to just one religion in official meetings?

Jesus directed that our prayers were to be to God, the father of us all, specifically instructing us to not worship him (Jesus).

Is God so ignorant that He can't recognize our prayer without invoking Jesus?

Wouldn't it improve officer solidarity to reinforce the idea that you all support the same God and not be divisive with your team members?

I think oaths of office should be done holding the Constitution, not the Bible, while strapped to a guillotine.

God is not so weak that He does not know the intent of our hearts.

All religions (even atheism) teach the Golden Rule. LEO's could use a daily teaching on that.

RD @ 6/22/2012 10:02 AM

I am an Army National Guard Chaplain, a local church Pastor, a Police Chaplain, and a full time officer. First, nowhere in the bible do you find that you have to end a prayer in Jesus name for it to be a legitimate prayer. Second, A simple caveat at the beginning can assuage any problems i.e. "I am going to pray from my faith conviction I encourage you to do the same or simply remain silent out of respect for everyone else." Political correctness is unatainable. There will always be somebody who is offended. If a muslim chaplain, a jewish chaplain, etc. were praying at the event I would expect them to pray from their convictions. For the atheist in the crowd, is it so tough for you to respect the beliefs of your fellows for a few short moments?

SKurth @ 6/22/2012 10:37 AM

As I said in an earlier article on chaplain programs, their presence in police departments in their current forms, ie, as proponents of Christianity, violates the principle of the separation of church and state. I applaud this Chief for recognizing that his chaplaincy program was discriminatory and for enacting changes to address that inequality.

Chuck @ 6/22/2012 12:37 PM

In response to your post there parapyropig, I tell you the same thing to all the others attacking christians and the "dark ages" (your words) attitudes. you all attack Christ, you all attack religion, we are forced to submit to your will simply because you are the loudest, you call us names and say that christians and intollerant and you make us to where we can't even wear, speak of or espouse our faith because it offends you. well sir, your attitude offends me, you bullying and back stabbing tactics offend me. Christians it is time to take a stand. to all those out there that attack my God, I ask you this. even if I follow the bible, even if I follow Jesus and am 100 percent wrong when I die what harm has been done to anyone? You on the other hand, if you are even 1 percent wrong what is going to happen to you? Jseus said, deny me before man and when my father asks Iwill say I know you not. Now who is really living in the dark ages?

parapyropig @ 6/21/2012 10:55 PM

Nice dark ages attitudes, guys... And to think people wonder why I became atheistic...

sarge4139 @ 6/22/2012 10:52 PM

Sickning, Instead of something stupid like that,How about a memo to all who attend any sort of function that The Almighty Gods son "Jesus" name WILL be used and if you are offended, Dont attend ! What about me ? I will be offended if they Don't use Jesus's Name,,,So what Are they going to do about that ? Nothing ! thats what....

Dan @ 6/25/2012 6:34 AM

All I can think of is, "How ASININE!"

Greg @ 6/25/2012 6:52 AM

Sigh, it's not that atheists don't have religion...they hate religion. They despise anything Christian. They don't seem to dislike Judaism and seem to consider Islam as untouchable...they really hate Christianity.

Christians don't worry about atheists and are more supportive of Israel and American Jews are (go figure), but you can't reason with a politician worried about making one person unhappy. If a Jewish officer was killed, I'd expect a Rabbi chaplain to speak..and not a Christian would ever complain. Nowhere in the Consitition is there a right to not be annoyed, pissed off, insulted or bothered by someone else's faith...if there's an atheist or Islamic cop who hates Christianity or Jusaism...too bad, perhaps Syria might be a better duty station.

Ivrit @ 6/25/2012 5:08 PM

They're right. The PD is not a church. A chaplain offering a prayer in behalf of those assembled - great! But offering a specific theological view on behalf of those assembled, including those who not share those beliefs is rude if nothing else. What should Jews, for example, be required to be included in "We ask this, in Jesus' name...?" How rude and arrogant to mandate their inclusion as part of the "we" who are asking! And please spare me the "Founding Fathers wanted it this way." Some of those founders were Jewish. Did they really want it, or we're they outnumbered?

Finally - wouldn't it be simpler if people said their own prayers in keeping with their own beliefs rather than have a government official (chaplain) impose his/her views?

TBOW426 @ 6/26/2012 2:33 PM

I definitely believe in freedom of religion and I would not for the world want to push my beliefs onto someone that might be offended by the mention of God or Jesus. All I ask is that anyone that does not believe in Jesus... give or burn any and all US currency in thier possession since it has "In God We Trust" written on it. Would not want that to offend anyone. (note heavy sarcasm)

Donald Wallace @ 7/9/2012 8:28 PM

I have a nephew that is police officer in this agency and I pray that Jesus watches over him and his brothers in arms. I have been in police work several times in my life and know that Jesus has been with me; I know that my Jesus is not going to ignore us-as we seem to be doing Him. Shame on you Charlotte/Mecklenberg!

Jerome @ 7/26/2012 9:30 PM

it is not the purpose of government to promote and endorse the religious beliefs of certain Christians. How many officers would want a Hindu chaplain praying to their gods? Or a Muslim chaplain praying to Allah? Or an atheist talking about his nonbelief? So why should a police Christian chaplain get that ability? That makes no sense.

Jerome @ 7/26/2012 9:30 PM

it is not the purpose of government to promote and endorse the religious beliefs of certain Christians. How many officers would want a Hindu chaplain praying to their gods? Or a Muslim chaplain praying to Allah? Or an atheist talking about his nonbelief? So why should a police Christian chaplain get that ability? That makes no sense.

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