Atheists take aim at Cincinnati police

 Atheist Group Criticizes Police for Faith-Based Initiative

Calls for Cincinnati police to ‘get off their knees’ in letter

 BY: Mary Lou Byrd |  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? 


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10 Responses to Atheists take aim at Cincinnati police

  1. Hardnox says:

    Here’s another group of 2 percenters trying to force their views on the rest of us. Frankly, when are Americans finally going to say “STFU”?

  2. Buck says:

    Just following the lead of Stalin and Mao.
    Outlaw religion.

  3. Kathy says:

    Hardnox is right – again, the 2 percenters are talking louder than the crowd, and being the good little commies. When will the crowd stand up and tell them to shut up and go home?? The majority has to stop being silent and start to speak up. If you believe in what you’re doing, then say so!

    • Bullright says:

      He is, seems their minority system is working well for them. I wish they’d take issue with the faith-based presidency and his faith-based policies — and his cult of blind followers. But they won’t.

  4. Saltwater says:

    The irony must be lost on those at FFRF. By criticizing police participation, they are insisting CPD promote, advance, and endorse THEIR religion. If they claim atheism is not an “organized religion”, they must have missed the memo.

  5. There was a study done a few years ago, where prayer and meditation on the reduction of violence in Washington, D.C. was performed. The results in the decrease of violence in the period of the study were statistically significant, as I recall.
    IF this can be verified and substantiated, it would give the lie to the comment, “prayer has not been proven to be a deterrent to crime.”

  6. Clyde says:

    Atheists. Boy, does GOD have a warm, toasty surprise for THEM. bwahahahaha

  7. Mrs AL says:

    Maybe someone can help me out here. Why don’t the police simply ignore the FFRF (still trying to come up with new words for this acronym that can be printed)?