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Police chaplains protest prayer restriction

VSPFive Virginia state police chaplains reportedly have resigned in protest over a directive that says the chaplains must use only non-denominational prayers in public events.

According to this report from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the chaplains have been told that their official prayers should not include the phrase “in Jesus’ name.”   The directive apparently was triggered by a recent ruling of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld a Fredericksburg City Council ban on sectarian prayer.

By Peter Vieth