In South Carolina, a city literally scrubbed the word “Lord” multiple times from a memorial that was put up to honor fallen police officers. Tega Cay Police Department put up the shrine that was donated by a civic group; it resembled many other memorials around the country. Including Washington, D.C., but the city’s attorney cautioned that because it doesn’t have historical significance, it should be censored.
Not only once, but they’ve gotten rid of all references to the Lord.
The front has the Scripture Matthew 5:9, which says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
A famous Sermon from Jesus, who gave spoke this verse from on the Mount, also seventh of what are known as the Beatitudes.
The back of the stone contained a prayer: “Lord, I ask for courage. Courage to face and conquer my own fears, courage to take me where others will not go. Give me Lord, concern for others who trust me and compassion for those who need me. And please, Lord, through it all, be at my side.” Also known as the “police prayer.”
Vandalism is not what ruined this monument as some residents initially thought, but city officials purposely covered over three references to the “Lord.” These references can still be faintly seen engraved on the stone but no longer in bold, black lettering.
They said they removed the word entirely because they received many complaints from residents about the reference ‘Lord’ being on the stone. They said it was disrespectful and distasteful, but how is that when it comes directly out of the “police officer’s prayer.” Now they are receiving just as many if not more complaints about the removal and they’re stunned they “cannot win.”
Jonathan Morris, a contributor to Foxnews, accused activist groups of “forcing Americans to conceal their faith to churches and their homes, as long as it is behind closed doors.” He said that is not the law of the land. They’re trying to “erase the name and the voice of God in the public square, and that is not good for our country.”