Va. Governor Lifts Ban on Police Prayer Policy

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Virginia state police chaplains will be allowed to pray in Jesus' name again.

Under former Gov. Tim Kaine, chaplains were banned from mentioning Jesus at public events. That policy was based on a federal ruling that said governments cannot promote one religion over another.

However, Virginia's new Gov. Bob McDonnell, (R) has reinstated the policy that allows Christian chaplains to pray in Christ's name.

"The governor does not believe the state should tell chaplains of any faith how to pray,'' McDonnell spokesman Tucker Marin told The Washington Post. "Religious officials of all faiths should be allowed to pray according to the dictates of their own conscience, and in accordance with their faith traditions, while being respectful of the faith traditions of others."

McDonnell has received tremendous support of the reversal, in the form of letters, faxes, and emails.

"We are obviously thrilled that Governor McDonnell has fulfilled his campaign promise to restore the religious liberty rights of state police chaplains,'' said Victoria Cobb, president of the Family Foundation of Virginia. "His action reverses the discriminatory policy of the previous administration and ensures that chaplains can remain true to their faith at public events."

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