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."

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