Calls for Cincinnati police to ‘get off their knees’ in letter
BY: | Free Beacon
October 18, 2013 1:15 pm
An atheist group is criticizing the Cincinnati Police Department (CPD) for partnering with religious congregations for a prayer walk initiative.
The CPD invited “all citizens to participate” in the initiative being held in 14 different communities to help quell the violence that has plagued the city. Congregations were asked to take part in seven prayer walks every Saturday through mid-November.
Police records show a 51 percent increase in homicides this year compared to last year, with 59 homicides reported so far this year compared to 39 homicides in 2012.
The atheist group, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), is now criticizing the police department for its initiative. It cited the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause and said the government cannot promote, advance, or endorse religion.
The organization said officers should “get off their knees and get to work” in a letter to the department and stated that prayer has not been proven to be a deterrent to crime.
Pastors from over a dozen congregations are holding the prayer walks. […/]
Okay, try to do something good and rally people in the community. Then, along comes the religious police, freedom from religion. Deter the attention of the walks and activism, channeling it into a selfish debate to serve their “freedom from religion” ends. Right, attack a popular event and inject yourself into it. The letter made that clear. What better prescription to guarantee yourself publicity and detour the cause?