The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners was being bad. As agents of the government they were praying before meetings to Jesus, which means the state was endorsing one religion. That’s a no-no. Have these guys not heard of Jessica Ahlquist?
Anyway, it went to trial and, wouldn’t you know it, the damn thing just ran into a slew of activist judges (who, in terms of sheer probability, were all probably Christian). Those guys are just everywhere. No, seriously, all the judges seem to be making these rulings. It’s either a huge conspiracy or they are ruling on what the Constitution actually (and obviously) says. Even the Supreme Court didn’t care to hear their appeal. Which means the Board of Commissioners needs to stop being bad.
But they don’t want to.
In what the American Civil Liberties Union will likely perceive as an act of defiance, the Rowan County Board of Commissioners began its Monday night meeting with a prayer.
The Commission had received notice from the ACLU to discontinue prayer at meetings in light of a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that prayer at Forsyth County, NC, meetings was unconstitutional. The US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of that ruling.
“We prayed like we normally pray,” said Rowan County Commission Chairman Chad Mitchell.
This is what we call a very bad idea. But just like Cranston, those whose comfort in Christ means being paranoid as all hell were out in force.
My favorite was the lady who said…
I believe in Jesus and I’m here to stand up for his name.
Odd how for these people standing up for Jesus means pitting themselves against the Constitution. They love to stand in defiance of America’s laws and admonish their representatives to sacrifice other necessary programs for the whole community so the county can fight an unwinnable battle for their principles.
Some of the other comments are equally ludicrous.
“They’re trying to take (prayer) away from us,” said David Coon, who showed up to pray in the lobby.
Showed up to pray in the lobby, and yet nobody stopped him. If “they” are trying to take prayer away from you, that’s just peculiar, don’t you think? This is why nobody is filing lawsuits to say people can’t pray until their ass falls off in church, but we are filing lawsuits to say that the state can’t endorse a religion.
“They’re trying to take Jesus out of government and out of Rowan County. We’re here protesting it,” Coon said.
Nope, but we’re sure as hell trying to keep Christianity out of the government, just like the people singing off-key in the lobby are trying to keep out Islam, atheism, etc. Keeping the government out of religion is a good thing, which Coon would likely admit for all the other religions that aren’t his. Keeping the government out of religion is how you keep the government from marching into your church the way David Coon worries they will.
To the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners; god did not save you in the litigation thus far. He’s not going to save you here. Just like in Cranston, the ACLU gave you an out and you’ve decided you don’t want it. Your prayers will stop, it’s just a matter of how far you want to drag the community you’re charged with helping to flourish down with you.
When the roads are cracked and the public schools are wondering why they’re not getting enough funding, when the lord isn’t providing, I know the people who’d rather lose this fight than see their neighbors live comfortably won’t hold you accountable. But good god, I hope the rest of them do.
Via the Friendly Atheist.