VA reinstates prayer policy for police chaplains (OK to Pray in Jesus Christs' Name)

Associated Press - 4/29/2010 7:15:00 AMRICHMOND, VA - Virginia State Police chaplains can invoke Jesus during prayers again.

State Police Superintendent Stephen Flaherty reinstated a policy allowing chaplains to use the name Jesus on Wednesday.

Under former Gov. Tim Kaine, who chairs the Democratic National Committee, Flaherty barred chaplains from praying in Jesus' name after a federal appeals court said prayers delivered on behalf of governments cannot favor one religion over another.

Religious groups had asked Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to reinstate the policy. The Republican governor says chaplains should be allowed to pray according to their consciences.