Bible verse in North Carolina sheriff’s office violates First Amendment, watch group says :: WRAL.com

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–National watch organization asks North Carolina sheriff to remove Bible verse from office walls.

In the hallway of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is a large Bible verse that says, “I can do anything through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. “

The Freedom From Religion Foundation claims this is a direct violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which prohibits any government body from establishing an official religion and prohibits government actions that favor a religion over to another, according to Cornell Law School.

The FFRF said in a statement that the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office “is expected to serve all citizens, regardless of their belief or disbelief.” According to Pew Research, 65% of Americans identify as Christians and about 26% are not religious.

“The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office must serve all citizens equally, whether Christians or not,” FFRF co-chair Annie Laurie Gaylor said in a statement. “An overtly Christian message to a law enforcement division sends a message of exclusion.”

WECT News reports that a spokesperson for Sheriff Jody Greene said “the Bible verse on the wall will not fall.”

An FFRF lawyer told WECT the organization was considering filing a complaint against the sheriff’s office.

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