Beaumont PD banned from holding voluntary Bible Study
Published 7:27 am Friday, December 18, 2015
See Press release from the City of Beaumont at the end of this article.
Police Officers and their attorney will deliver their Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act pre-suit notice letter to the City of Beaumont today.
For years, Sargeant Burt Moore, Officer Tony Harding, Detective Anthony Goudeau, and Sargeant Barry Scarborough of the Beaumont Police Department have along with other City employees held a voluntary bible study at the Beaumont police station during their lunch hour. “No one has ever complained,” said Sgt. Burt Moore, a co-founder of the Bible study known as the Faith and Fellowship Bible Study. We have officers and other city employees from a variety of ethnicities and faith backgrounds that attend. I feel like the City is unfairly targeting us,” continued Sgt. Burt Moore.
The Attorney for the four Beaumont Police Officers said, “My Clients’ sincere religious beliefs and convictions have been violated by the City of Beaumont’s demand to stop holding a voluntary bible study during their lunch hour at the police station. A Texas town is the last place we thought would impose on the religious rights of its citizenry, much less oppress the police officers who place their lives on the line every day to serve and protect us. We intend to show the City this is one thin blue line they cannot cross.”
“Today we are giving the City pre-litigation notice as required by the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act that its actions substantially burden my Clients’ sincerely-held religious beliefs. There is no justifiable reason for the City to have taken this course of action against its Police Officers,” explained attorney Briscoe Cain.