Kentucky Homeland Security Was Required To Credit Almighty God In Their Official Reports

Unbelievably brazen, I cannot believe it took 3 years to strike down this baldly unconstitutional law:

A judge on Wednesday struck down a 2006 state law that required the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security to stress “dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the commonwealth.”

Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled that the law violated the First Amendment’s protection against the establishment of a state religion. Homeland Security officials have been required for three years to credit “Almighty God” in their official reports and post a plaque with similar language at the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort.

And here’s the part of the story which hits home with me tonight since tonight was my last night teaching a summer course in Parsippany, NJ:

The Herald-Leader reported on the law last November, prompting jokes about Kentucky on late-night television shows and a lawsuit by American Atheists of Parsippany, N.J., and 10 non-religious Kentuckians. Wingate was ruling in that lawsuit.

Go American Atheists of Parsippany!!

Finally, here is my favorite comment from the “debate” below the article, from one “Dave Bernell”:

Atheist scum bags need to shut up! This is our country not theirs! One day the believers of this great land will put the fear of God back in them mark my words! Their time is at hand! Hallelujah!

They think they can just trample this country into the ground and commit all manor of immorality.

I can’t wait ’til I and all my atheist friends have trampled this country into the ground so we can move into our manors of immorality.  I want one with a Batcave so that I can have all the immorality that comes with a manor of immorality and be Batman.  So psyched.

[ON EDIT]

After initially posting this story my attention was drawn to the last line of Dave Bernell’s comment about atheists getting manors of immorality.  It turns out I missed the bad news in the last line:

They think they can just trample this country into the ground and commit all manor of immorality.  Well they can’t God will judge them, and they will burn!

Well that sucks, my Wayne Manor is going to go the way of the Batman Begins’s one.

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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