Here we go again!
(Honolulu-AP) -- The group Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of
State and Church wants the Honolulu Police Department to abandon
the oath used to swear in new officers.
In a letter to City Corporation Counsel David Arakawa, the
group's president -- Mitchell Kahle -- says the wording of the oath
violates state and federal constitutions because it contains the
phrase "so help me God."
Kahle says legal action will be taken if H-P-D fails to abandon
the oath by close of business Friday.
He says the department should follow the state Constitution,
which spells out an oath of office that doesn't contain the word
Earlier this month, H-P-D removed a biblical passage and poems
containing religious content from its Web site after Kahle's group
The group earlier demanded the Honolulu Fire Department recall a
safety guide because it contains a firefighter's prayer that
includes the word "God."
(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press.