Two Georgia police officers were forced to resign after they refused to stop ministering to inmates during their time off.

Every third Thursday, while they were off-duty, former Cartersville Police Officers Sgt. Amanda Pettepher and Investigator David Bojczuk went to Bartow County Jail to offer prayers and read the Bible to inmates who expressed interest.

The Bartow County District Attorney had concerns about a potential risk to criminal cases when police engage in prayers with people who could potentially be suspects in their cases. He said statements made about criminal cases that might be useful in court could be thrown out if a defense attorney cited the Clergy Communication privilege.

When they were forced to give up the ministry program or resign, Pettepher and Bojczuk chose their faith.

The former officers revealed on "Fox and Friends Weekend" today that it was not a difficult decision.

"I knew this was coming," Bojczuk said. "And I stay close to the Lord. When this all happened, I just started seeking the Lord about it."

Has this strengthened or weakened your faith? Anna Kooiman asked.

"It strengthened my faith," Pettepher said. "It's shown me that God is going to take care of me no matter what, no matter what comes our way."

Pettepher added she believes that the clergy privilege doesn't apply in this situation.

"We don’t hold any animosity towards the chief of police or police department. There are very fine men and women working there who are friends, who we’ve always worked with," Pettepher said. "What we want is clarification. We don’t want to sue. We don’t care about money. It's not about that."

Watch more from "Fox and Friends Weekend" above.


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