December 1, 2008

Kentucky Homeland Security Required to Credit Some God

Frankfort, KentuckyImage via WikipediaJust when you think you've heard it all, The Raw Story reports on a story out of Kentucky you won't be able to believe. Kentucky State Rep. Tom Riner is upset with the Kentucky Department of Homeland Security for failing to credit his god with helping to keep state residents safe. Huh? Oh, it gets better!

Back in 2006, Kentucky passed an anti-terror law. One of the provisions of this law, a provision pushed by Rep. Riner (who also happens to be a Southern Baptist pastor), requires that a plaque be added to the department's Emergency Operations Center that includes the following statement:
The safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God.
Wow! Rep. Riner actually succeeded in passing a law requiring a federally-funded agency to credit his god with protecting the people of Kentucky from terrorism! How is this possibly constitutional?

So why is Rep. Riner upset now? The department's 2008 annual report did not credit his god.
"This is recognition that government alone cannot guarantee the perfect safety of the people of Kentucky," Riner added. "Government itself, apart from God, cannot close the security gap. The job is too big for government."
I realize that I have more than enough religiously-motivated idiocy to deal with right here in Mississippi, but this simply cannot go unnoticed. Do atheists in Kentucky know about this? How can those of us outside the state help?