County Commissioner Storms Out of Pagan Invocation

Here’s a textbook example of Christian privilege for you. We are constantly told by Christians that we’re totally overreacting when we object to having to sit through Christian invocations while attending government functions. But when a pagan gave an invocation, a member of the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners refused to sit through it and conspicuously walked out.

A Florida pagan, who has been thwarted in his attempts to deliver the invocation before the Escambia County School Board, was given the opportunity to appear before the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners only to have one member of the board walk out, saying he was “not going to have a pagan or satanic minister pray for me.”

David Suhor, who describes himself as a Agnostic Pagan Pantheist, was given the go-ahead to deliver the invocation before the board on Thursday and, as he stepped to the podium, Commissioner Wilson Robertson walked out before Suhor even began, reports ABC3-WEAR.

Robertson, who describes himself as a Christian, told a reporter, “People may not realize it, but when we invite someone a minister to pray they are praying for the county commissioners for us to make wise decisions and I’m just not going to have a pagan or satanic minister pray for me.”

Wanna bet that Robertson would go apeshit if one of his fellow commissioners got up and walked out on a Christian giving a pre-meeting prayer? He would undoubtedly rage about how disrespectful it is. Because when people like him talk about “religious freedom” what they really mean is Christian privilege. It’s perfectly fine to make all non-Christians sit through Christian prayers at every legislative meeting, but they can’t be expected to do so even one time for a non-Christian prayer.

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  • Chiroptera

    Hey, wait a minute, Christians! So it’s no longer a “rule” that we’re supposed to show unconditional respect for other people’s religious beliefs? Thanks, Christians! I’m going to remember this! (Even when you Christians don’t!)

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    To be fair, it is pretty bad that that pagan distrupted that invocation like that.

  • Chiroptera

    Robertson, who describes himself as a Christian, told a reporter, “People may not realize it, but when we invite someone a minister to pray they are praying for the county commissioners for us to make wise decisions and I’m just not going to have a pagan or satanic minister pray for me.”

    Wait, it’s not just ceremonial deism?

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Don’t worry, Wilson Robertson – no one expects wise decisions from you.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Jesus might have been watching so they had to leaver before he revoked their entry visa to heaven. They were only protecting themselves.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Chiroptera “Wait, it’s not just ceremonial deism?”

    No. “In God We Trust” on money is simple ceremonial deism. Invocations before Public meetings are Constitutional if they’re non-sectarian. I know for sure that this weirdo, divisive pagan one was not my sect, making this invocation sectarian. This is similar to the Obamacare religious exemption for private corporations; valid as long as the exemption is for my religion(*1), invalid if not*(2) .

     

    *1. Us Protestants are against contraception and always have been, and we’ve always been against abortion pills, even if those pills don’t cause abortions!

    *2. Although, to be fair, I’m for any and all exemptions if they involve Obamacare, but that’s because Obama, rather than due to Religious Liberty.

  • John Pieret

    we invite someone a minister to pray they are praying for the county commissioners for us to make wise decisions and I’m just not going to have a pagan or satanic minister pray for me

    Hoo boy! Wait until they get around to allowing a Muslim invocation.

  • raven

    Well who cares.

    1. As jesus said in their magic book, by their actions, you shall know them. These commissioners have shown that they are mindless bigots.

    2. Fundie xians never, ever miss a chance to demonstrate the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of their religion. They are the atheist’s best advertisements.

    3. It sounds like they are scared of the Pagans and the Pagan gods. They should be.

    The Pagan gods are just as powerful as their gods (or my cat)!!! But they are a huge amount more appealing. I’ll put Isis, Gaia, Athena, Sophia, Bast, Frigga, and Thor against their aging old Sky Monster any day. It will be a cold day in Helheim when the xian god gets his own comic book series and megahit movies.

  • raven

    …when we invite someone a minister to pray they are praying for the county commissioners for us to make wise decisions

    I don’t know why they bother. It never, ever seems to work.

    It’s not true anyway. It’s just fundies peeing on a fire hydrant to mark their territory.

  • raven

    when we invite someone a minister to pray they are praying for the county commissioners for us to make wise decisions

    I’ve dealt with county commissioners on a number of issues.

    1. Mine actually do make some good decisions from time to time. They aren’t all incompetent brainless religious kooks.

    2. But having money can make a huge difference. I’ve noticed when developers or business people want something, they almost always get it.

  • erichoug

    I think this is awesome. We need to start a charity dedicated to seeking out and hiring the wackiest religious ministers that could go to these sort of meetings and say the invocations. Santeria, Scientologists, Wiccans should be the most main stream people that we send to these events. IF we can find a religion that opposes clothing and washing I think that’s a good base line.

    After that we just keep sending wackos their way until they say :”You know what? Maybe we don’t need to shoehorn our religion into every stupid little crevice of daily life for no real reason.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    It;s a good thing he did walk out. That meant they were one person short of the critical mass of participants needed to awaken Cthuhlu.

  • erichoug

    I think we have a candidate for the next meeting

    http://www.churchofeuthanasia.org/

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    The problem is not that this bigot walked out; it’s that he came back afterword and kept on trying to gum up county business with his ignorant mindset.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Christians will love him. His re-election is almost a certainty.

  • Scr… Archivist

    Isn’t Robertson doing exactly what his ilk advise non-religious students to do during government-led worship in school classrooms? They often say that students who don’t want to pray can just stand in the hallway until the ceremony is over.

    What’s he complaining about?

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    Ravemn @8,

    It will be a cold day in Helheim when the xian god gets his own comic book series and megahit movies.

    What? Chick tracts and Left Behind movies aren’t good enough for ya?

  • birgerjohansson

    erichoug @ 11

    Raelians during “go topless day” ?

  • birgerjohansson

    erichoug @ 11

    Invite some of the monks from that Indian religion that requires them to walk butt naked, to avoid crushing insects that are their reincarnated relatives. Butt naked middle-aged men chanting prayers. We could base an episode of South Park on it!

  • birgerjohansson

    …I was thinking of Jainism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jainism

    Cool swastika on the symbol. We should bring that into the government function, arguing that if you have the Southern battle flag on the state capitol, you could also have the banner of jainism. At least the latter is a symbol of peace (in its Indian context).

  • birgerjohansson

    “Anekāntavāda encourages its adherents to consider the views and beliefs of their rivals and opposing parties”

    OK, no way this will be allowed by the county board.

  • hexidecima

    hmmm, so prayers are so impotent that as long as you run from them, they don’t work? Hmmm.