Kentucky is defended by a god

Specifically, it’s defended by the god we all know so well.

Under state law, God is Kentucky’s first line of defense against terrorism.

The 2006 law organizing the state Office of Homeland Security lists its initial duty as “stressing the dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the Commonwealth.”

Specifically, Homeland Security is ordered to publicize God’s benevolent protection in its reports, and it must post a plaque at the entrance to the state Emergency Operations Center with an 88-word statement that begins, “The safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God.”

State Rep. Tom Riner, a Southern Baptist minister, tucked the God provision into Homeland Security legislation as a floor amendment that lawmakers overwhelmingly approved two years ago.

As amended, Homeland Security’s religious duties now come before all else, including its distribution of millions of dollars in federal grants and its analysis of possible threats.

This is utterly ridiculous. Aside from obviously being unconstitutional, it makes a mockery of public security. If we are to rely on invisible entities for our protection, we’re in trouble. God doesn’t buy nuclear response forces or direct funds for communication security, issues, and protection. Man does this. Always has, always will.

Looking to a god for our homeland security is like black people looking to Bush after Katrina. He’s invisible and not going to help anyone.