Nonprofit wants word 'religion' off TN city's police uniforms

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (AP) - The nonprofit Freedom From Religion Foundation is threatening to sue Lenoir City Police over the use of the word "religion" on their uniforms.

Lenoir City Police shirts and jackets display a triangular shoulder patch with the words "education," ''religion" and "industry."

Police Chief Don White told the Knoxville News Sentinel ( ) the city is waiting to hear from its attorney to determine how to respond. He said it would be expensive to replace the patches.

It's the second time Lenoir City was in the news over church & state issues.

Recently, high school officials refused to publish an essay by an atheist student complaining about prayer in the schools.

Meanwhile, the school board has said it would discontinue prayers at board meetings and football games until its attorney can research the situation.

Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel,

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