Spokane: Crosses to be Removed from Police Chaplain Badges

CHURCH AND STATE

Seems like atheists are religiously and systematically filing lawsuits in an effort to take all signs of God from public view. Sometimes they are successful as in the recent case of a former Lutheran pastor-turned-atheist who sued over the Spokane Police chaplains use of the crosses and Christian prayers.

Interestingly, although the cross logo will be taken out of the chaplain badge, they will be allowed to wear religious pins of their choice.

This from SpokesmanReview.com:

Crosses to be removed from police chaplain badges

By KAREN DORN STEELE

Crosses will be removed from badges worn by Spokane Police chaplains under terms of an out-of-court settlement between the city and a former Lutheran pastor-turned-atheist who sued over the government agency’s use of the insignias and Christian prayers.

Additionally, lawyers from the Center for Justice who represented former pastor Ray Ideus will get $1,000.

“It’s a milestone,” said Ideus, who volunteers eight hours a week with the police department. “It’s very important that they’ll have to take that cross off. It’s not a Christian police department. The chaplains have to minister to all faiths – and non-faiths,” Ideus said.

The chaplains’ badges previously contained the city of Spokane seal and a Christian/Latin cross. Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick informed the Spokane City Council of the settlement in a report to the council Monday night.

Ideus, 75, said Tuesday he’s happy about the settlement of his lawsuit, filed in January 2006 in U.S. District Court in Spokane.

His lawsuit claimed that the police department’s use of the Christian cross is an “impermissible incorporation of a particular religious symbol in a government insignia.”

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6 thoughts on “Spokane: Crosses to be Removed from Police Chaplain Badges

  1. You wrote:
    “His lawsuit claimed that the police department’s use of the Christian cross is an “impermissible incorporation of a particular religious symbol in a government insignia.”

    I cannot imagine why you would WANT the symbol of a specific religion in a government insignia in a democratic, pluralistic country.

  2. @hokku…the cross is not a symbol of a specific religion, it is a symbol of the crucifixtion of Jesus Christ. You can chose to recognize the world-changing event it represents or not. Believing in Christ is not a religion.

  3. Alexander wrote:
    “the cross is not a symbol of a specific religion, it is a symbol of the crucifixtion of Jesus Christ. You can chose to recognize the world-changing event it represents or not. Believing in Christ is not a religion.”

    I think your statement alone makes the argument against religious images in government insignia.

  4. The secular world should view the cross as a symbol of love from a God who loves them so much he would send his son to die for them. Even if you don’t believe it, it’s a symbol from a LOVE STORY(true or not it doesn’t matter) it offers a form of hope and love for people. No one presures religion on these cops, the chaplins just try to offer a bit of hope in times of need.

  5. Yet another “issue” that has nothing at all to do with the First Amendment.

    More to say, if interested, check out my recent blog:
    indpendentthinking.wordpress.com

  6. One day every knee will bow and confess that Jesus is Lord and it will be too late for all the naysayers of today who reject the Almighty God and his God Son – Jesus. Romans 14:11

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