Tax dollars still paying for religion

Many Examiner readers may recall that the City of Eureka and Mayor Frank Jager are currently in litigation regarding Mayor Jager’s admitted use of city resources to promote the “Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast”.  Although this case hasn’t fully made its way through the courts, the Examiner has learned that the City of Eureka is still using work time and resources to promote religion.  Here is an excerpt from a recent email sent out to members of the Eureka Police Department:

Greetings Mighty Warriors!

Especially in light of recent events, we really need each other for support and encouragement. That’s why it’s important to join us for the January Peace Officer Breakfast THIS Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 at 0700 hosted by Harvest Church, 3131 Moore Avenue (off Myrtle) in Eureka. Will you take some time out of your busy schedule to join us for a great, free hot breakfast, fantastic fellowship and a fresh word from the Lord? EPD Chief Andy Mills will lead the devotional for this month. This really is a great way to start our day! If you happen to work day watch come and  join us. You can leave anytime you want or need to.

If there is someone else that is not included in this email that you feel would be interested in joining us, please let me know so we can include them too! Feel free to get a hold of me if you have any questions. Remember to invite any of your co-workers to join us for breakfast as well. Hope to see you THIS Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 at 0700!

Andy Broese Van Groenou
Master Chaplain
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office

Eureka Police Department 

Is it proper for the city to pay on duty police officers who are attending a religious event being held in the county?  How hard would it be not to attend the event as an officer at EPD knowing that the new Chief Andy Mills will be leading a part of this religious event?  These are questions that get right to the heart of the United States and California’s constitutional requirements regarding the separation of church and state.  What do you think?

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8 thoughts on “Tax dollars still paying for religion

  1. “Greetings, Mighty Warriors ” eh? I have a lot of respect for individual police officers but the influence of evangelical religion on the EPD and HCSO is worrying. Sheriff Downey belongs to a law enforcement association that is so right-wing only 3% of the eligible officers and departments belong to it. A total mismatch with our community .

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  2. SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE; I wonder why this statement is so hard to grasp by many in public life?

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  3. “YOU CAN NOT PETITION THE LORD WITH PRAYER !!!”
    Jim.

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  4. If we had real a community newspaper, we’d be kept informed of the actual dollar costs of this ongoing, self-serving fiasco.

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  5. Andy Broese Van Groenou keeps the police officers close to him so that he can always be the first to know when his daughter gets arrested

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  6. jtimmons says: “Sheriff Downey belongs to a law enforcement association that is so right-wing only 3% of the eligible officers and departments belong to it. A total mismatch with our community .”

    A “majority” of somebody voted him into office!

    A lot of bigotry, prejudice and religious paranoia can be produced under the guise of religion. Works good for perception issues with the elderly, too.

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  7. Nationally, 30% of eligible voters are participating, all you need is 16% to win.

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