State Police Superintendent W. Steven Flaherty's decision, since endorsed by Governor Tim Kaine (contact here), to forbid Christian chaplains from praying "in Jesus name" during "public events" is causing quite a commotion in the capital city. Tomorrow, The Family Foundation and our pastor outreach arm, Pastors For Family Values, will participate in a press conference with several other groups urging a reversal of the policy. In addition, citizens are making their voice heard. Through The Family Foundation and Pastor For Family Values e-mail alerts, both Kaine and Flaherty have received dozens of e-mails in the past 24 hours from concerned citizens wanting the policy to be changed.
Regardless, this issue isn't going away. We're looking at both legal and legislative options, so if Kaine and Flaherty decide to ignore the voice of Virginians and hide behind their friends at the ACLU, we'll take the battle to court or to the statehouse.