TEGA CAY, SC (FOX Carolina) – Many people are upset after the word “Lord” was removed from a stone memorial outside a South Carolina police station, including U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman.
Norman posted a link to a FOX News video about the editing of the monument scripture outside the Tega Cay Police Department on Facebook Tuesday.
According to FOX 46 Charlotte, city leaders chose to remove three instances where the word “Lord” was mentioned in scripture on the monument, which was donated to the police department to honor fallen officers.
City officials said they immediately started receiving complains once the monument was erected and now they are receiving just as many complaints after the monument was painted over.
The City of Tega Cay posted an updated statement on social media:
"We have received many comments, both locally and nationally, in response to the monument at the Tega Cay Police Station. 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's intent from the beginning of this project was to recognize our current and fallen police officers. 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.
At this time, we have removed the monument while we continue to seek a solution that expresses our unwavering support and gratitude to those who risk their lives every day for ours. We will continue to welcome feedback from our residents and seek further guidance from our legal team until we can find a viable solution for all concerned.
To the police officers, fire fighters, and other first responders, we thank you for your service and keeping our community safe.
We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with your input. Regardless of our different viewpoints, our people are the greatest assets of our community and what truly make this City such a wonderful place to live the good life in Tega Cay."