City officials delayed a response to Stevens’ request for weeks, then announced that as of Oct. 1, there will be no more blessings before meetings.
Mayor Skip Campbell said the city is bound by a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that mandates if cities allow prayer, they must allow all prayer.
“I don’t think our citizens would be in favor of Satanic invocations before City Commission meetings,” Campbell said…
…“It has been the city’s longstanding adopted practice to offer a brief, solemn and respectful prayer at the opening of the City Commission meetings, prior to engaging in official City business,” the city clerk emailed him in August. “Contrary to the city’s policy, your numerous emails indicate that you have no intention of delivering an invocation based upon your religious beliefs, no matter what they may be, but instead intend to make a mockery of the proceedings, by, as you indicated, ‘twerking’ and/or bringing a mariachi band to perform.“
If Christians believe everyone else is Hellbound, than a twerking Satanist is the least of the Commissioners’ worries.
Either way, they brought this upon themselves by having an invocation at all. If the Commissioners can’t handle views outside their comfort zone, they shouldn’t have adopted the practice in the first place. At least they’re finally correcting their problem.
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