Kentucky law requires Homeland Security to credit God
“The law that organized the [Kentucky] Homeland Security office first lists Homeland Security’s duty to recognize that government itself can’t secure the state without God, even before mentioning other duties, which include distributing millions of dollars in federal grants and analyzing possible threats.”
This insane bit of Kentucky lawmaking also requires that the office post a plaque at the entrance to the state Emergency Operations Center with an 88-word statement that begins, “The safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God.”
State Rep. Tom Riner, a Southern Baptist minister, has his panties in a twist because the Kentucky Homeland Security office doesn’t mention God in its mission statement or on its Web site and the 2008 Homeland Security report issued last month failed to credit God with preventing a terrorist attack on, for example, Burks’ Distillery.
Thomas Preston, Kentucky’s Homeland Security chief, has promised that he “will not try to supplant almighty God,” but that “I really don’t know what their motivation was for this.”
I know! I know! (jumping up and down and waving both hands)
Certain lawmakers in Kentucky are attempting to establish an official religion through the back door. And if they have to do it by screwing “homeland security,” so be it.
But don’t think all of Kentucky’s elected state officials are morons. State Sen. Kathy Stein is on record stating what is obvious to anyone with all cylinders firing:
“It takes away from the seriousness of the public discussion over security, and it clearly hurts the credibility of [the Homeland Security] office if it’s supposed to be depending on God, first and foremost.”
(Photograph courtesy of The Library of Congress)