Police chaplains there have been asked to omit Jesus from any prayers they give in public venues. The policy change comes out of a decision to embrace more faiths than just Christianity at these particular events.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in Charlotte, N.C., has roughly 2,000 employees representing a variety of faiths, and seven chaplains, all Christian, Major John Diggs, who oversees the chaplain program, told the paper.
Some are struggling with the sensitive issue.
Volunteer chaplain Pastor Terry Sartain said he was sad to hear the news, and chose not to participate in the upcoming public ceremony where he was supposed to speak.
“I want to serve the officers and their families. I don’t want to jam my beliefs down anybody’s throat. But I won’t deny Jesus,” he told the News Observer.
He later asked the police department not to consider him for future public prayers, Fox News radio reported.
Any chaplains that feel uncomfortable giving a secular prayer can opt out of ceremonies without hurting their standing, reported WSOC TV.
The better option is to dump the prayer entirely. All of it. Stop doing them at any and all public events. It’s unnecessary. If people in attendance want to pray, they can pray whenever they want to, as much or as little as they feel like. They can do it in their car, in the bathroom, while they wait in line for food. Making everyone do it out loud at an assigned moment is unnecessary. Go completely secular and eliminate prayer at public events. The chaplains can still perform their religious services on Sundays or visit inmates or whatever else it is they do, but prayers at public secular events should end.