NC County: No Non-Christian Prayers Allowed at Meetings

I‘m sure it will come as a shock that one of the county commissioners in Lincoln County, North Carolina is a bigoted moron. When asked about a court ruling in a neighboring county that said they can’t limit their pre-meeting prayers only to Christians, he went full stupid:

The delivery of Christian prayers prior to county government meetings is a tradition that won’t dissipate anytime soon, as long as some Lincoln County commissioners have their way.

In response to a question concerning Rowan County, which was recently ordered by a federal court judge to cease its pre-meeting prayers, Lincoln County Board of Commissioners chairman Carrol Mitchem said that not only will invocations remain in Lincoln County, but that he would see to it that no non-Christian prayers are delivered on his watch.

“A Muslim? He comes in here to say a prayer, I’m going to tell him to leave,” Mitchem said. “I have no use for (those) people. They don’t need to be here praying to Allah or whoever the hell they pray to. I’m not going to listen to (a) Muslim pray.”…

Mitchem said he doesn’t agree with anybody, religious minorities especially, altering the way things are done.

“Changing rules on the way the United States was founded, Constitution was founded (I don’t like),” Mitchem said. “I don’t need no Arab or Muslim or whoever telling me what to do or us here in the county what to do about praying. If they don’t like it, stay the hell away.”

Isn’t it funny how they absolutely insist that anyone who attends their public governmental meetings must sit through their Christian religious exercises every single time, but they throw a temper tantrum at the idea of having to sit through even one single non-Christian prayer?

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  • dingojack

    “I don’t need no Arab or Muslim religious-types or whoever telling me what to do or us here in the county what to do about praying. If they don’t like it, stay the hell away.”

    Fixed without further comment.

    Dingo

  • brucegee1962

    Once again, the most vocal defenders of the Constitution are the ones who don’t seem to have any idea what it says.

  • Chiroptera

    Isn’t it funny how they absolutely insist that anyone who attends their public governmental meetings must sit through their Christian religious exercises every single time, but they throw a temper tantrum at the idea of having to sit through even one single non-Christian prayer?

    No, it isn’t. I’ve never viewed these assholes as anything other than extremely egotistical with no self-awareness, so it would be “funny” if they were willing to sit through a non-Christian prayer (that is, without being forced to as a condition to keep their prayers in the public spotlight).

  • John Pieret

    And the ACLU and/or FFRF or whoever pursues this just said “Thank you very much.”

  • eric

    In an unrelated story, the head legal council for Lincoln county NC was found dead in his office. It appears to be suicide – he seems to have hit his head on his desk repeatedly.

  • wreck

    “A Muslim? He comes in here to say a prayer, I’m going to tell him to leave,” Mitchem said. “I have no use for (those) people. They don’t need to be here praying to Allah or whoever the hell they pray to. I’m not going to listen to (a) Muslim pray.”

    At least this goober from the shallow end of the gene pool is honest about being a bigoted asshat. None of that politically correct “I respect all religions” bullshit for him.

  • whheydt

    Now all that is needed is a local resident who can successfully claim standing. The resultant win against this clown will be a “slam dunk”.

  • samgardner

    I find it to depressing to actually be funny.

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

    Patton said that it was simply a matter of Lincoln County having 102 churches and all 102 representing the Christian faith. [fm linked article]

    Lincoln County has 102 churches and every single one of them is Christian! Checkmate, Secularists!

  • Alverant

    Of course anyone who does leave during these religious prayers before the City Council meets is going to have a tougher time being heard and having a ruling (or whatever they call it) in their favor. Then anyone any time the council does deny a request of someone who didn’t support their little prayer time can sue on the basis of religious discrimination.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    Once again, the most vocal defenders of the Constitution are the ones who don’t seem to have any idea what it says.

    Area Man Passionate Defender Of What He Imagines Constitution To Be

  • thecalmone

    He doesn’t seem to be aware of the fact that there are millions of Arab Christians, quite apart from anything else.

  • Rob

    Hehe, reminded me of this…

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/68422686/auckland-neighbours-at-war-over-giant-religious-statue

    The relevant bits:

    “Religiously and culturally it’s a bit insensitive to us and I can’t believe they’re able to do this,” Wyatt told nzherald.co.nz. Part of our property looks at it and it’s part of a religion we don’t agree with. I don’t see why we should have it poked down our throats in such a big way.”

    Funny how certain religionists are unable to place themselves in another persons shoes for even a femtosecond.

  • Michael Heath

    Ed states:

    Isn’t it funny how they absolutely insist that anyone who attends their public governmental meetings must sit through their Christian religious exercises every single time, but they throw a temper tantrum at the idea of having to sit through even one single non-Christian prayer?

    Biblically inerrant Christians can’t confront the implications of their own dogma. So how could some of the worst of them tolerate hearing a non-Christian express their beliefs?

    Interestingly, I have met some conservative Christians who will study the beliefs of competing religions. But to date I’ve never encountered even one conservative Christian who demonstrably confronted the implications of their own beliefs.

  • peterh

    “I have met some conservative Christians who will study the beliefs of competing religions. But to date I’ve never encountered even one conservative Christian who demonstrably confronted the implications of their own beliefs.”

    This, I am led to think, is accommodationism wrapped in smug and sanctimonious self-satisfaction.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    What he needs is a catholic priest to come lead a prayer and explain how baptists are all damned.

    Fucking stupid christian fucks. Those rules protect you from eachfuckingother more than they protect you from the muslims (who, by the fucking way, pray to the same fucking god you do, dumbfuck)

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    He doesn’t seem to be aware of the fact that there are millions of Arab Christians, quite apart from anything else.

    Muslims worship the same god as the christians, and acknowledge jesus as a prophet. They’re a superset of christianity. Of course christians wouldn’t agree but (shrug) it’s not my bullshit distinction to make and it’s beyond me how they can. That’s a problem with faith by revelation: if you believe in one revelation (i.e.: you’re a sucker) how can you reject another one claiming to embrace and superceed yours? After all, you already bought one revelation, now what’s your criteria for rejecting the next one?

    Shorter form: all christians should be mormons. But they somehow aren’t. Apparently they can detect one set of lies but not another.

  • grumpyoldfart

    he went full stupid

    You have to! That’s how you get into heaven.

  • laurentweppe

    Once again, the most vocal defenders of the Constitution are the ones who don’t seem to have any idea what it says.

    Molière nailed such attitude 250 years ago.

    ***

    He doesn’t seem to be aware of the fact that there are millions of Arab Christians, quite apart from anything else.

    Or he is aware that such people exist, but either expect:

    1. To see them approve his anti-arabic bigotry so long as they themselves aren’t directly touched.

    2. To see non-Arabic Christians approve his Christians-hurting anti-arabic bigotry so long as they themselves aren’t directly touched.

    3. Both

    Selfish people tend to believe that everyone share their egoism.

    ***

    Muslims worship the same god as the christians, and acknowledge jesus as a prophet. They’re a superset of christianity.

    And Christianity started as a Jewish sect, didn’t stop many Christians from wallowing with delight in antisemitism.

  • frankgturner

    This only goes to further support my belief that religion, Abrahamic ones in particular, are a vestige of primate evolution. The deity is a metaphorical projection of the need for an alpha male to protect one’s own tribe of ape men.

  • eamick

    @19 Laurentweppe: I think you mean 450.

  • laurentweppe

    @ eamick

    Actually that’s 350

    Mea maxima culpa

  • eamick

    Oops. What was I thinking? Clearly not about math. 😉

  • abb3w

    @14, Michael Heath

    Biblically inerrant Christians can’t confront the implications of their own dogma.

    Implications? They seem to have problems even with forthright instructions, such as Matthew 6:5-6.