Koran's Display At Police Department Raises Concerns

Prominent display of a Koran in a New York City police station has provoked concerns about the constitutional separation of religion and government.

The police headquarters in Queens installed the Koran atop a glass-encased pedestal in its lobby as part of an effort to respect the city's diversity. The Islamic holy book was put on display to coincide with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, told Newsday that the government should refrain from "religious promotion."

The police department, according to the Long Island daily, has eight different chaplains. One of those religious counselors, Imam Izak-El Mu'eed Pasha, urged the department to display the Koran.