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Mon August 31, 2009
Atheists: References to God OK in Some Cases
Frankfort, KY – An Atheist group that won a court victory last week to have a reference to "Almighty God" stricken from Kentucky's homeland security law doesn't plan to challenge more than 30 other divine mentions in state documents. Northern Kentucky attorney Edwin Kagin says the group will mount legal challenges only in cases that it can clearly win. He says the latest Kentucky case happened to be one of those.
Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled Wednesday that references to a dependence on God in a law that created the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security is akin to establishing a religion, which the government is prohibited from doing in the U.S. and Kentucky constitutions.
The attorney general's office is considering appealing the decision, though a spokeswoman said Friday no decision has yet been made.