On May 5th, 2014, SCOTUS ruled to allow the practice of sectarian prayer before government meetings to continue. The United States moved a step closer to full blown Scalia Law that day. Teavangelicals were tickled!
Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, expressed his glee to a Washington Post reporter:
Today’s Supreme Court decision is a great victory for religious liberty.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins was similarly chipper is his statement to the Washington Post:
The court has rejected the idea that as citizens we must check our faith at the entrance to the public square.
Flash forward four months later. What do Teavangelicals think now?
On Thursday, Wilson Robertson walked out of a Escambia County Board of County Commissioners meeting in Florida. The Christian Commissioner told a reporter with ABC3-WEAR News:
I’m just not going to have a pagan or satanic minister pray for me.
According to a report from The Pensacola News Journal, Escambia County School Board Member Jeff Bergosh warned a local resident who does not share his faith:
You’re never going to get to do a satanic prayer… never.
The Friendly Atheist tracked down a statement from Jeff Bergosh’s personal website where Bergosh explains further:
I mean, should the majority of persons in attendance at one of our meetings really have to listen to a satanic verse? What if a ‘Witch Doctor’ comes to the podium with a full-on costume, chicken-feet, a voodoo doll and other associated over-the-top regalia? It could easily get out of hand…
Why the change of heart?
The SCOTUS ruling also stresses the importance of inclusion, stating that even atheists should be permitted to lead a prayer. Thursday night Tevangelicans got to experience exactly that.
An Agnostic Pagan Pantheist by the name of David Suhor delivered an invocation for the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners. It was awesome!
Suhor is concerned about the SCOTUS decision. Prayers spoken before government meetings in his area are 100 percent Christian. He feels the practice alienates those who don’t share the majorities faith and violates the separation of church and state.
Suhor offered the following statement to ABC3-WEAR News:
“I think they should not be offering a prayer or sponsoring a prayer of any particular religion,” He explained. “Instead I think they should have an more exclusive moment of silence which allows anyone to pray according to their own conscience.”
Suhor hopes his effort will trigger empathy within those who desire more religion in government:
“In a way I would like for other people to experience what it’s like when I go to a meeting and am asked to pray against my conscience”.
The Escambia County School Board continues to refuse Suhor’s request to deliver a similar invocation before one of their meetings. Suhor says he may sue.
Suhor’s invocation is a mind blowing. Here’s the video: