‘They Cannot Remove Our Faith,’ Knoxville Police Chief Says

In Knoxville, the Freedom From Religion Foundation had to look a little harder to find a Scripture verse to complain about. This time it was a plaque that’s been on a wall in a non-public area of the Knoxville Police Department since 1969. The plaque will be taken down without a legal battle. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero explained that the city decided not to spend taxpayer money in a lawsuit that the city felt could not be won.

The plaque quotes Romans 8:31, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, then who can be against us?” The plaque will go in the Hall of Inspiration that the department will create and which will include quotes from other religions.

Police Chief David Rausch, who calls himself a Christian, said about the atheist group, “I pray that their souls will be softened by the love of God, and they understand that they can have us remove words but they cannot remove our faith and what is in our hearts.”

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