Bible Verse Displayed At Police Department To Be Moved

A Bible passage displayed at Knoxville (TN) police headquarters is going to be moved after an atheist group complained.

Fox News reports that the East Tennessee chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FRFF) – which advocates the separation of church and state – filed a complaint in February over the plaque, which is located on a wall in a non-public area, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported.

The plaque shows Romans 8:31. The line reads, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us then who can be against us?”

“Having a Bible verse promotes one particular religion and in doing so is discriminatory toward those of other religions or no religion,” FFRF chapter president Aleta Ledendecker wrote in her February letter to Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch.


Knoxville City Law Director Charles Swanson told the Knoxville News-Sentinel, “We could argue in favor it keeping it, what’s the real point? I don’t think it was in a place where the public could see it. But it certainly didn’t seem like it was worth financing a fight.”

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  1. TwoRutRoad

    Mayor Rogero said at Wednesday’s news conference that the city determined the plaque crossed a “clearly established line” with government promoting a particular religion. This is important, and it’s why they wisely removed the plaque.

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