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
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?