Religion and Government
Virginia’s state trooper chaplains can once again pray in the name of Jesus. Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell has reversed a controversial executive order issued by his predecessor that banned the Chaplains from even mentioning the name of Jesus in their public prayers. The chaplains are once again free to exercise their first amendment rights and pray as they see fit.
“The governor made the correct decision and I applaud him,” says In God We Trust’s Chairman Bishop Council Nedd.
"The governor does not believe the state should tell chaplains of any faith how to pray," McDonnell’s Press Secretary Tucker Marin told the Washington Post. "Religious officials of all faiths should be allowed to pray according to the dictates of their own conscience, and in accordance with their faith traditions, while being respectfull of the faith traditions of others."