This letter comes from a new police recruit in Philadelphia. He’s also an atheist.
Can you help him out?
Today I was told that the police academy will be sending its recruit class to “Blue Mass” on Friday at Philadelphia’s local Holy Family College.
All recruits have been given the opportunity to opt out, and I have. However, I cannot get past the fact that the city of Philadelphia will literally be paying the other 150+ members of my class to attend a religious service. How can they not see that this is a blatant violation of the separation of church and state?
Again, I reiterate, I have opted out and when other recruits ask me why, I tell them what a violation it is and why they should feel the same way I do.
Is there anything more you, or your community, can suggest I do?