The radical anti-religion group Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a threatening letter to Minnesota police officers demanding they stop planning a prayer vigil for an officer killed in the line of duty.
The controversy began when the Sheriff’s Office in Itasca County, Minnesota sent a letter from Chaplain Dale H. Kaiser, calling fellow police officers to attend a 24-hour prayer vigil at the Itasca Courthouse Law Enforcement Memorial .
The vigil was planned in part to honor the memory of Aitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Sandberg, who was fatally shot in the line of duty last month, and to ask for God safety for police officers around the country.
Kaiser asked members of the public to come “even if someone can only spare 5 minutes”
“The only answer our country has is God,” Kaiser said in his original letter. “It is up to us, his chosen, to stand up and pray for God to intervene, heal our country, and protect all our public safety officers.”
When word got back to the FFRF atheists, the group sent a letter for Kaiser demanding the vigil be called off, and claiming the office’s actions were unconstitutional.
A lawyer from the FFRF, Patrick Elliot, publicly demanded that the Sheriff’s Office “withdraw it’s support from the prayer event” and that it avoid “any official involvement in the event itself.”