All Christian's prayers must always be prayed in His name. When 6 Virginia State Police chaplains were told not to do this they correctly quit their jobs. They were being asked to do what is morally wrong. One of them has started a petition to change the rule.
Six of the 17 chaplains for the Virginia State Police force have resigned because of new restrictions on prayer.
Earlier this month Col. W. Steven Flaherty, the state police superintendent, asked chaplains to offer only non-denominational prayers for public events and ceremonies.
Still, many found that complying with the new directive would violate their conscience.
"There were several of us who felt that because of our convictions. about what the Bible says, we couldn't agree to go along with a generic prayer policy," said 13-year trooper Rex Carter, who works in Southwest Virginia.