Interview with Judge Mickey Pendergrass.

The local paper has an interview up with the judge who denied the atheists representation.  Much of what he said is worth commenting on.

He says all the personal messages he’s getting are supportive.  No shit?  A Tea Party official is only hearing supportive comments personally?  Fancy that.  And so what?  If the majority of citizens decided they wanted to break other laws, it wouldn’t matter then either.

What’s more, Judge Pendergrass is clearly not reading the comments in the local paper.  They mostly favor the law.

“They say ‘this is wrong’ and the county should be allowed to have this displayed”.  Are they lawyers?  Call me crazy, but their opinion may not be informed by a knowledge of the law, but rather what they’d most like to see personally.

He then says that if other groups go through the “proper legal channels” that they’d be allowed in.  This is not true.  He is the proper legal channel, and not only did the residents go through that channel before they were denied, the FFRF attempted to go through it and they were stone-walled.  Recall from my first post:

A resident of Mountain Home contacted Baxter County Judge Mickey Pendergrass requesting permission to erect a Winter Solstice Banner as well.  They were denied.

Judge Mickey Pendergrass is the proper legal channel and the residents went and spoke with Pendergrass directly.  Pendergrass told them to inquire with attorney F.S. Spencer (the hardcore Christian attorney who put up the display the last 15 years) who has no legal authority for the county.

Here’s the comment section of that article.  Go own it.

While you’re in there, you can interact with the Christian shell of a woman, Cindy Horton.  Here are some of her choice comments:

What a real winner.  Or how about this one?

MMMmmmMMMMmmm…feel that Christian love, you “idiots”?

It had better be put back up next year…or what?  The county will lose tens of thousands of dollars, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees?  Yeah, we’ll sure be sorry then.  Actually, we will be, because those taxes are paid by non-Christians too.  Everybody will have to watch their money get pissed away so Christians can try to undermine the Constitution.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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