Roanoke County Supervisor: After Yesterday’s Supreme Court Ruling, We’re Only Allowing Christian Invocation Prayers

A year ago, Al Bedrosian was a Republican running for a seat on the Roanoke County (Virginia) Board of Supervisors. As it turned out, Bedrosian had written an article for the Roanoke Times several years prior to his candidacy in which he talked about how this country was not only a Christian nation, but one where non-Christians should not be allowed to worship at all:

Al Bedrosian

Freedom of religion has become the biggest hoax placed upon the Christian people and on our Christian nation.

When reading the writings of our Founding Founders, there was never any reference to freedom of religion referring to a choice between Islam, Hindu, Satanism, Wicca and whatever other religions or cults you would like to dream up. It was very clear that freedom to worship meant the freedom to worship the God of the Bible in the way you wanted, and not to have a government church denomination dictate how you would worship.

Once we remove ourselves from worshiping the one true God, all the wonderful qualities of America will vanish.

In fact, the global warming crowd worships the environment as god, the abortionist has the death of unborn babies as their god, and the homosexuals have sexual freedom as their god.

The real battle is keeping the name of Jesus as Lord. The name Jesus is what makes us a Christian people and a Christian nation. This is why we must continue our heritage as a Christian nation and remove all other gods.

At the time, Bedrosian said that if he were elected, he planned to recite all sorts of Christian prayers at Board meetings and would work to put the Ten Commandments in the county’s public schools.

Turns out he was elected. And after yesterday’s Supreme Court decision, he has big plans for Board prayers — and they don’t include people who aren’t Christian:

“The freedom of religion doesn’t mean that every religion has to be heard,” said Bedrosian, who added that he is concerned about groups such as Wiccans and Satanists. “If we allow everything … where do you draw the line?”

The supervisor campaigned on the idea of eliminating the policy, and the ruling has breathed new life into his idea for a policy that could lead to the exclusion of non-Christian groups from the invocation.

When asked if he would allow representatives from non-Christian faiths and non-faiths, including Jews, Muslims, atheists and others, the Hollins District supervisor said he likely would not.

If a non-Christian wished to pray during a meeting under his idea for the prayer policy, Bedrosian said, he or she would be able to do so during the allotted time for citizen comment.

“I think America, pretty much from founding fathers on, I think we have to say more or less that we’re a Christian nation with Christian ideology,” Bedrosian said. “If we’re a Christian nation, then I would say that we need to move toward our Christian heritage.”

This is precisely what Justice Elena Kagan warned us would happen after yesterday’s ruling. The majority religion is pushing aside all minority beliefs.

The article quotes a critic of this proposed new policy as saying it’s not just Christian privilege rearing its head — it’s “Christian entitlement.”

Is anyone really surprised?

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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