Grandstanding county commissioner defies court order with Christian prayer

In an obnoxious display of Christian arrogance, a grandstanding county commissioner in Maryland violated a court order and the spirit of the U.S. Constitution by opening a budget meeting with a Christian prayer.

According to a report issued by the Carroll County Times, Carroll County Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier opened up Thursday morning’s board of commissioners budget meeting with references to Jesus Christ, despite a federal judge’s preliminary injunction ordering the board to stop the practice of opening meetings with sectarian prayers.

An overly dramatic and tearful Commissioner Frazier opened the meeting Thursday saying she was willing to go to jail to fight the court order putting an end to the unconstitutional sectarian prayers that have plagued meetings of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners.

Frazier is angry that, in a significant victory for the separation of church and state, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Carroll County Board of Commissioners in Maryland must refrain from opening their meetings with Christian prayers.

Frazier is angry that she will no longer be able to exclude and bully non-Christians; angry that she will no longer be able to force those who do not share her religious superstition to feel like outsiders and second class citizens; angry that she will no longer be able to assert her Christian privilege over others.

Frazier’s stunt shows a contempt for the law, the Constitution, and the people she was elected to serve. There is nothing noble or brave about her actions, only the whiff of political opportunism, and an obnoxious, self-serving hypocrisy.

Matthew 6:5-6: When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.…”

Robin Bartlett Frazier


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