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Bible Verse To Be Removed At Police Department

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Posted at 12:28 PM, Jul 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-26 13:28:39-04

A biblical passage that has long been displayed at Knoxville’s police headquarters will be removed following a complaint.

Local news outlets reported on Wednesday that Knoxville City Law Director Charles Swanson said the East Tennessee chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a complaint in February about Knoxville police's plaque, which has been located on a wall in a non-public area.

The plaque quoted Romans 8:31, "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us then who can be against us."

FFRF chapter president Aleta Ledenbetter said she believes that with the plaque, KPD has promoted Christianity over other religions.

Swanson said the city could have defended the plaque in court, but agreed with Mayor Madeline Rogero's position not to spend taxpayer money to fund that defense.