Homeland Security unit must credit God in Ky.
Nov. 29, 2008 12:00 AM
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A lawmaker says the state's Homeland Security office should be
crediting God with keeping the state safe.
State Rep. Tom Riner, a Southern Baptist minister who was instrumental in
establishing that requirement in 2006, disapproves of the fact that Homeland
Security doesn't currently mention God in its mission statement or on its Web
The law passed under former Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who prominently credited God in
annual reports to state leaders. But Gov. Steve Beshear's administration didn't
credit God in its 2008 Homeland Security report issued last month.
"We certainly expect it to be there, of course," Riner, D-Louisville, told the
The law that organized the Homeland Security office first lists Homeland
Security's duty to recognize that government itself can't secure the state
without God, even before mentioning other duties, which include distributing
millions of dollars in federal grants and analyzing possible threats.
Included in the law is a requirement that the office must post a plaque at the
entrance to the state Emergency Operations Center with an 88-word statement that
begins, "The safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart
from reliance upon Almighty God."