Here is what Kentucky law (KRS 39A.285(3)) states:
The safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God as set forth in the public speeches and proclamations of American Presidents, including Abraham Lincoln's historic March 30, 1863, Presidential Proclamation urging Americans to pray and fast during one of the most dangerous hours in American history, and the text of President John F. Kennedy's November 22, 1963, national security speech which concluded: "For as was written long ago: 'Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.' "
This is what the law requires the Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security to do:
Publicize the findings of the General Assembly stressing the dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the Commonwealth by including the provisions of KRS 39A.285(3) in its agency training and educational materials. The executive director shall also be responsible for prominently displaying a permanent plaque at the entrance to the state's Emergency Operations Center stating the text of KRS 39A.285(3)
These religious duties of a civil servant actually come first among all the duties of this office — before distributing funds, before implementing security directives, and before assessing the state's security preparedness. Doesn't that make you feel safer already?
All of this is the fault of a Southern Baptist minister named Tom Riner who has also sadly been elected to a position of political power in Kentucky:
State Rep. Tom Riner, a Southern Baptist minister, tucked the God provision into Homeland Security legislation as a floor amendment that lawmakers overwhelmingly approved two years ago. ...The time and energy spent crediting God are appropriate, said Riner, D-Louisville, in an interview this week. "This is recognition that government alone cannot guarantee the perfect safety of the people of Kentucky," Riner said. "Government itself, apart from God, cannot close the security gap. The job is too big for government." ...
Under previous Gov. Ernie Fletcher, a lay Baptist preacher, Homeland Security interpreted the law at face value, prominently crediting God in its annual reports to state leaders and posting the required plaque.
Source: Lexington Herald-Leader
The provisions here are religious on a number of levels. First, it requires official endorsement for belief not just in the existence of "a" god, but belief in the existence of a very particular god: the god of western monotheism. The references to "Almighty God" and Pslam 127:1 prevent this from being an endorsement of a very general sort of deity that might theoretically include anything from deism to strict monotheism.
Second, these provisions promote a particular relationship with this deity: people are told that they must trust and rely upon this deity for their security and safety needs. Although it's not made very explicit, the traditions of western religious monotheism teach that this reliance requires absolute submission to the will and desires of this god. It is absolutely necessary for people to have "faith" in God and submit to God in order to receive the "blessings" of security and safety.
Third, a civil servant is co-opted into performing religious duties. When church and state are separated, religious duties are performed by religious authorities within the churches. This would necessarily include promoting the idea that we must be dependent upon God for our security. Here, the state government of Kentucky is assuming the authority to provide people with religious instruction about what sort of relationship they should have with what sort of deity.
Citizens are thus being instructed to become dependent upon and submissive to some alleged god for the sake of their safety rather than become proactive and assuming responsibility for their own well-being. Since there are no gods around speaking to us and giving us instruction, the only way for people to receive instructions from God is through human beings who assume the authority to speak on behalf of God.
Normally these human beings should be religious authorities whom we have the choice of submitting to or not. If you don't think there are any gods or if you think there is a god out there but disagree with what's being said, you have the choice of ignoring them. Here, however, the state government of Kentucky is assuming that authority and is not giving anyone any choice about whether they can submit to it.
Because the traditional religious teaching is that we must submit to God without question, the government is implicitly telling people to submit to the government without question. It's rare that you'll see such a connection spelled out, but it's a connection that we must all keep firmly in mind when we see developments like this: every move towards theocracy is necessarily a move towards totalitarianism, authoritarianism, and despotism. A theocratic government is an oppressive, totalitarian government because a theocratic government which teaches absolute submission to God is also teaching absolute submission to God's representatives — and since that government is presuming to embody God's laws and God's will, this includes absolute submission to the state.