“If a group of atheists wants to stop by and thank us, that’s OK, too.”
Linn County (Iowa) Sheriff Brian Gardner, whose officers were invited to appear at a prayer event outside police and sheriff’s department headquarters. An atheist group opposed the partipation of officers in the event, in which the community would pray for the officer’s safety and wisdom. Link
Rev. Pat Fish, pastor at Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church, in Cedar Rapids, said he and other pastors hatched the idea as a way to come together as a community after the Nov. 1 Cedar Rapids officer-involved shooting of Jerime “Danky” Mitchell, now paralyzed, and the fatal shootings earlier this month of two police officers in the Des Moines area.
Don’t even pretend that the right to worship in the public square is not under attack.