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Kentucky court upholds 'Almighty God' reference in law

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A state appeals court has ruled that
Kentucky may continue to give official credit for its homeland
security to Almighty God.
Kentucky's law establishing the state Office of Homeland
Security requires its executive director to publicize a
"dependence on Almighty God" in training and educational
materials and through a plaque at the entrance to its emergency
operations center.
By a 2-1 vote Thursday, the Kentucky Court of Appeals overturned
Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate's ruling in 2009 the phrase
violates the U.S. and Kentucky constitutions of state-established
religion. The law requires the Homeland Security director to post a
plaque with the reference in the department's headquarters.
Language in the 2006 legislation was inserted by state Rep. Tom
Riner, D-Louisville, a pastor of Christ is King Baptist Church in
Louisville.

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