The House of Delegates yesterday passed a bill to let police chaplains pray to Jesus Christ, but the governor is threatening a veto.
According to The Free Lance-Star, the issue arose after a federal appeals court upheld a Fredericksburg City Council ban on referring to Jesus Christ in council meeting prayers. Six Virginia State police chaplains resigned in protest after they were directed to avoid denominational prayer at public events.
Del. Charles Carrico, R-Greyson, introduced a bill that says the state police may operate a volunteer chaplain program but may not regulate how those chaplains express religious beliefs.
Carrico and other supporters say the bill protects the First Amendment rights of police chaplains to pray according to their own religion. Opponents argue that requiring nondenominational prayers at public events protects freedom of religion for other attendees at such events.
Posted by Sarah Rodriguez