Judge Scraps God Reference from Law

Frankfort, KY – A judge has declared a reference to God in a state law that created the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security unconstitutional. Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate says the reference violates the U.S. and Kentucky constitutions. Wingate wrote in an 18-page order yesterday the General Assembly created an official government position when it passed a law requiring the office to acknowledge "the dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the Commonwealth." Ten Kentucky residents and the national American Atheists Inc. organization filed the lawsuit last winter.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Jack Conway, who defended the state, says he has not yet decided whether to appeal.