McPherson Will Continue Police Chaplain Program
Associated Press - Tue 11:19 AM 12/11/2012
The Freedom From Religion Foundation notified McPherson city officials that it had received a complaint about the program, saying it violates the separation of church and state.
McPherson city officials say they plan to continue a police chaplaincy program despite a complaint from a national group that it violates the constitutional requirement for separation of church and state.
Mayor Thomas Brown said Monday that discussions with the city's attorney led him to believe the program is constitutional.
The city was contacted last week by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The Wisconsin-based group said a McPherson resident
complained about the program.
McPherson officials say chaplains will be allowed to offer counseling to officers and be present when families are notified of tragedies. The program has not yet begun. Brown says the city will consider some of the issues raised by the foundation to be sure it complies with the law.
Associated Press information from: The Hutchinson News