City Scrubs 'Lord' From Police Officer Memorial After Complaints

Tega Cay city officials initially removed the word "Lord," but ultimately decided to restore the memorial.

Tega Cay, SC – Critics blasted Tega Cay city officials for accepting a donated law enforcement memorial that featured the “Police Officer’s Prayer.”

Critics were enraged that the memorial stone contained the word “Lord” three different times, WBTV reported.

The fallen officer monument was donated by the Tega Cay Women’s Club approximately two weeks prior, Tega Cay City Manager Charlie Funderburk told WJZY.

The “Police Officer’s Prayer” is well-known in the law enforcement community, and is featured on countless fallen officer memorials across the country.

Almost immediately after the memorial was put on display at the new police department, the city began receiving complaints about the Christian reference, Funderburk said.

“There was never any intent to hold one religion in higher regard to another, or one person in higher regard than another,” the city manager said. “But as the complaints came in the end result was pretty clear.”

After meeting with the city attorney, city leaders decided to paint over the three sections of the memorial where the word “Lord” appeared.

But that solution didn’t produce the results city officials were hoping for.

“There is just as many people upset now that it got removed over people upset it was there in the first place,” Funderburk said. “There is no win here at all.”

As the controversy grew, city leaders ultimately removed the memorial altogether on Tuesday night.

“We attempted to find a compromise but failed as our community has further divided. In an attempt to find a resolution, we have upset parties on both sides of this issue and for that we are truly sorry,” the City of Tega Cay said in a statement, according to WBTV.

“The City of Tega Cay’s intent from the beginning of this project was to recognize our current and fallen police officers,” the statement read. “Without their courage, strength, dedication, concern and compassion, as mentioned in the police officer’s prayer inscribed on the monument, our City would be a much different place.”

On Friday morning, the city council announced that the memorial will be fully restored and put back on display.

“After careful consideration and much conversation with people on both sides of the discussion, City Council has made the decision that the Police Officer's Prayer will be restored to its original condition and returned to the Fallen Officers’ Memorial located at the new police station,” the city said in a press release.

“We want to thank everyone for voicing your opinion, as it’s not always easy to do so on such a sensitive subject,” the statement read.

The city noted that the memorial was never intended to be divisive.

“Our City Council and citizens have always been strong supporters of the men and women in blue,” the statement continued. “This was a tough week in Tega Cay. It is our hope that we can now move forward together and continue to be the strong, welcoming community that we have always been known for. Regardless of our different viewpoints, our people are what truly makes this City such a wonderful place.”

Comments (51)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

Well, at least the decision makers finally made the right call. If the word "Lord" bothers you so much, the solution is an easy one - don't read the memorial! See how simple that was you snowflakes?!

Kitkatkiki
Kitkatkiki

If u feel offended by it then deal with it cause we don’t need anymore crybabies who are always complaining about something

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Complaints???? More like 1 complaint from one whiney snowflake athiest liberal and the city instantly caves. But we cant complain about all the gays on TV or any other offensive liberal crap.

bronx163
bronx163

Simple solution. Sell the spot of land the rock is on for $1.00 to BLUE LIVES MATTER ORGANIZATION. THEN its a pvt monument. COMMIE ACLU and BLACK Lives matter An all go fuck themselves.

Lilnatvsavg
Lilnatvsavg

Buncha pansies. Panty waist pansies!

badge1025
badge1025

If the police officers working there have no problem with it it should be the original and everyone can just shut up! Reality check the memorial is for police officers not civilians!!

new2lv2
new2lv2

Happy to see the city came to their senses and restored the monument. That's one more win in our column and another failed liberal snowflake complaint

Trashman67
Trashman67

The memorial is not divisive. The ones who have an issue with it are divisive. These are the ones who blame others for being non-inclusive while they themselves are non-inclusive.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Absolutely absurd!!! What we're doing these days to satisfy so very few!!! In our community, the City leaders acted like scared little girls and moved a Christmas Manger scene from the square to another location because some group in Wisconsin complained? What, are you kidding me? That Nativity scene had been placed at one of the quadrants of the square for probably 100 years and you're going to move it because some flim-flam group threatens a lawsuit. We are going to pay for this someday, somewhere, somehow most likely. Wh at are we doing? We're defying everything we are not supposed to anymore! I hope some unknown good samaritan uses an Artist brush and replaced the black ink in the word and it reappears overnight sometime in the above monument!

Mb_275
Mb_275

Remember, the critics who claim to be offended by such monuments are typically only leftist liars whose actual purpose is to deprive YOU of your right to free speech and even to practice OR EVEN MENTION, religion. Keep your big-boy pants on and stare them down. If you don't, you'll lose and truly regret it.

sonnyboy1
sonnyboy1

"To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism, and religious dogmas." - Brock Adams, former Director UN Health Organization

RunCop
RunCop

Stupid fucking liberals

Wish505
Wish505

If you don't like living in American get the hell out go back where you came from. And for most of you whinning butt wipes out there your birth certificates need to be replaced by apology letters from the condom factory.

RPG156
RPG156

If you stand for everything, you stand for nothing. Politicians have to decide who they are and stay that course. These politicians are ships with the sails down, subject to the whims of the tide and current. And in so being, always destined for the rocky shore.

Buzz17
Buzz17

Atheists & "humanists" are the most intolerant, tyrannical group out there! No one else is supposed to have constitutional rights; only them. And, the main right they demand is the "right" to impose their lack of belief on everyone else. No one is making them read that prayer or even go to the memorial. If you don't like it, then construct one of your liking! We can never have too many memorials to our fallen LEOs!

Dogman1947
Dogman1947

Replace the "offensive" word with 'God'. Problem solved legally. Then let protesters yell their lungs out.

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

Stupid liberals/atheists cry about "separation of church and state" without knowing where that phrase came from or what it means. They are doing all they can to destroy our freedoms and country!

Combokid
Combokid

A majority of the problems that are currently infecting our society can be laid right at the feet of spineless politicians that bow to the pressure applied by special interest groups. Grow a spine you gutless cowards!

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

"There is no win here at all."

Actually there could be. If politicians, administrators and others quit making decisions based on who screams the loudest and return to the rule of Law there wouldn't be any of these "discussions."

I'm offended by people on their cell phones when driving; tinted windows on vehicles; masked rioters and people that refuse to comply. Who is listening to me?

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

It’s a police memorial. If you have a problem with police, WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING THERE? Don’t read it! Don’t go anywhere near it! Go on with your regular life. Just another hypersensitive fuck face who has to be in everyone’s business and a city that doesn’t have the balls to stand up for the men and women who protect it. Yeah you did or will restore it, but it shouldn’t have been taken down in the first place.

MarineDoc
MarineDoc

Whenever they use the term, "Critics were enraged" they need to give an exact number. Bet most of the time it is one small minded libratard who objects. Better yet, list the names of the offended.

JohnWick
JohnWick

Can we just start shooting people? And all the cops on here say "no". Well can I fantasize about it? Everywhere I turn Liberal Lucifer is there, but that's OK. Dear LEOs, my desire to stay out of prison way exceeds my desire to shoot someone in the kneecap. But I still want to.

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

We live in an infested lucifarian beast system in case no one has noticed.

Louise S
Louise S

start spray painting the word on their cowardly city hall instead..and on any public surface..except use 'Jesus' instead ☻

TWalters
TWalters

We are going to end up with a Godless country. Lord, please have mercy on us.

IsupportLEOs
IsupportLEOs

But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 10:33

trainbuff
trainbuff

@TWalters Going to end up? My friend, we've been there for quite some time now.

Hawk3699
Hawk3699

When does it stop? These weak kneed, pussy politicians need to stand up to the leftist morons that pressure them into making idiotic decisions against our 1st responders and military. And it goes the same for the kowtowing to pressure to remove historic landmarks and statues throughout our country. History shouldn't be removed, but learned from. Stop the BS. It's tearing down the fabric of our great country.

Bstn
Bstn

"Friday morning, the city council announced that the memorial will be fully restored and put back on display." Smart mive finally. And how about tell people if you call God by another word than Lord, how about reading the prayer and using the word you use for God or if you are an athiest, just dont read it, simple as that. People need to move on from objects they dont like, they are objects, walk away and go about your day & life!!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

They should have replaced "Lord" with --Allah-- to neutralize the backlash on this.