Faced with contempt charges, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners has narrowly voted to abide by a preliminary injunction forbidding them to offer a sectarian prayer before their meetings (which basically means they can’t say “Jesus” in them).
This argument that their freedom of speech and religion are being violated is absurd. They don’t have to offer any prayer at all and one really has to wonder why they absolutely insist on making people who don’t believe in their religion sit through their religious exercises. They are, of course, free to pray individually or as a group before the meeting begins, without an audience. But it’s the audience they want and they don’t care that at least some members of that audience are not Christian.
County commissioners in Maryland narrowly voted this week to obey a federal court order that barred them from presenting public prayers in Jesus’ name…
On Tuesday, the commission narrowly voted 3-2 to follow Quarles’ order and stop offering prayers in Jesus’ name, at least while the case moves forward in court or until the Supreme Court issues a ruling regarding a similar matter. The two commissioners that voted against the motion were Robin Bartlett Frazier and Richard Rothschild.
Rothschild presented a short exhortation to those gathered.
“In my judgment, this resolution asked me to refuse to acknowledge the Son of God. In my judgment, this resolution asked me to, in effect, disown him,” he declared. “If I tell someone they can pray, but I forced them to pray only in a way that is acceptable to someone of another religion, then, in effect, I am prohibiting them from praying in a way that [does not] violate their true conscious and beliefs. Censorship is not freedom.”
I’m not convinced the two who voted no on this issue will actually abide by it. It looks to me like at least one of them is just dying to be the next fake Christian martyr.