North Carolina Official Who Told Non-Christian Invocation Speakers to “Stay the Hell Away” Backtracks on Comments
Rowan County Officials Ask Pastor to Pray at Meetings Until They Decide Whether or Not to Appeal Anti-Prayer Ruling
I recently posted about the Rowan County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina and how they used to pray to Jesus at virtually every meeting.
U.S. District Judge James Beaty Jr. ruled earlier this month that the Commissioners were violating the law and continued to do so every time they uttered a Christian prayer. (The legal thing to do would be to open up the invocations to people of all faiths and no faith.)
North Carolina Official Rejects Non-Christian Prayers at Meetings. “If They Don’t Like It, Stay the Hell Away”
After years of reciting only Christian prayers at meetings, a judge ruled earlier this week that the Rowan County Board of Commissioners (in North Carolina) had violated the Constitution.
Carrol Mitchem (below), the chairman of the neighboring Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, saw this whole controversy play out over the past few years and he’s determined to… um… repeat history:
When it comes to invocations at government meetings, the Supreme Court said last year that prayers are fine — even sectarian prayers “in Jesus’ name” are fine — as long as the process is open to everybody. If they want invocations, city councils must set policy so that even minority faith groups have a chance of delivering them. And we’ve seen the consequences of this for a while now, with atheists, Pagans, and Wiccans making the most of their opportunities.
But that message seems to have escaped the 12 County Council members in Greenville, South Carolina.