State Rep. Wants Providence Acknowledged "by law"

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - 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 site.

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 Lexington Herald-Leader.

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.

The religious language was tucked into a floor amendment by Riner and passed the General Assembly overwhelmingly. It lists the office's initial duty as "stressing the dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the Commonwealth."


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  • by Halyn Location: Somerset on Nov 30, 2008 at 04:53 AM
    GET RELIGION OUT OF KENTUCKY POLITICS!
  • by Liberation Demonology Location: Richmond on Nov 30, 2008 at 02:01 AM
    Spirituality should be something most private. The more you decide to blather on about it to everyone else, the more you cheapen the bond between you and what you hold sacred. Christians especially, like to boast about their personal relationship to their God but constantly go out of their way to let others get in the middle of that relationship. This happens through churches, through the media, through politics, and through manipulation by other people. Read the texts and the history that goes along with them and then decide for yourself what everything means to you. Stop your childish worrying about being like everyone else and blaze your own path for the most important thing in your life.
  • by Venerable on Nov 29, 2008 at 06:10 PM
    Well make sure you credit God for all the terrible things that happen also.
  • by fnord Location: Lexington on Nov 29, 2008 at 03:29 PM
    [edit] keep god out of our government! By the way, Joanthan, if god gets credit for *everything*, who gets credit for evil?
  • by Godless and Happy Location: Not in Church on Nov 29, 2008 at 01:47 PM
    Hey Anonymous, Who said living without God is depressing? I am not depressed. I am actually pretty happy with my life. Why do i need a God in my life to be happy? If anything you should be depressed with all the rules and regulations that your God puts on you in order to please him.
  • by CHARLES Location: TN on Nov 29, 2008 at 01:25 PM
    GOD is left out ,because good people choose to do nothing,remain silent and only Evil will triumph.the world is what we make it,you and I!!!!
  • by BLACKSHEEP Location: EVERYWHERE on Nov 29, 2008 at 12:26 PM
    TO THOSE WHOM HAVE COMMENTED HERE AND TO THOSE THAT WILL, "GOD IS EVERYWHERE AND IS RESPONISIBLE FOR EVRYTHING HERE ON THIS EARTH AND IN THE HEAVENS". TO THOSE WHO DON'T BELIEVE, WELL YOUR IN TROUBLE. YOU WANT "GOD" TAKEN OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS, COURT ROOMS, OFF OF OUR MONEY (YES, GOD IS ON OUR MONEY) AND OUT OF OUR LIVIES. THAT'S FINE FOR YOU AND OUR KIDS, BUT DON'T PUSH IT ON EVERYONE ELSE. YOU HAVE 100'S OF RELIGIONS OUT THERE, FROM THE GREAT ONES TO THE CRAZY ONES. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK ONE. OUR PLEDGE OT THE THESE UNITED STATES HAS THE WORD GOD IN IT, IT DOESN'T SAY WHAT "GOD" JUST "ONE NATION UNDER GOD",THE BOY SCOUT LAW HAS "DUTY TO GOD' IN IT, IT DOES SAY WHAT "GOD" JUST DUTY TO GOD. I FELL SORRY FOR THE YOUNGER GEN OF PEOPLE GOING TO HAVE TO LIVE IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY OF OURS.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Nov 29, 2008 at 11:50 AM
    As a born-again Christian, I would dare say that God doesn't care whether His name is credited in an annual report on Kentucky Homeland Security, and His people shouldn't either. Our purpose is to further His Kingdom by ministering to people and showing them His love. Writing "Thank God for this, blah blah blah" in an annual report that no one but the legislators (and I doubt many do that) read, makes about as much sense as a Christian writing "I love God" 1,000 times on a chalkboard...it does nothing to further His Kingdom and doesn't minister His love and grace to others. That's where the Baptists get it wrong, putting God's name on every billboard in the state won't bring anyone into the Kingdom, won't provide us anymore protection, and only makes self-centered "Christians" feel better about themselves...is that really what God wants??? Or does He want us going out and through our ACTIONS and WORDS showing how much He loves ALL his people? Think about it.
  • by Anonymous Location: Georgetown on Nov 29, 2008 at 06:28 AM
    I find it extremely depressing that in this day and age religious nut-cases are still elected into public office.
  • by joanthan Location: ky on Nov 29, 2008 at 06:14 AM
    make sure u give god credit for everything without god nothing would be possible
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