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Blog: Commissioners Splitting Hairs in Circumventing Legal Ban on Prayers

Comments from one of those, who as Lincoln said, "...you cannot fool all the people all the time"

Vowing, as they obviously have, not to let legal restrictions prohibiting prayers in public buildings stand in the way of approving Commissioner Frazier’s weekly prayer sessions in a room located in the basement, they’ve pulled out all stops and skullduggery to justify it.

But where they stumbled over themselves by establishing a policy on the use of rooms that would blanket, not only her right to reserve a room , but for any and all employees as well (for whatever purpose), was that the court rulings speak only to public buildings, sans any exceptions-stated or inferred-for interior spaces/rooms.

To his credit, Commissioner Shoemaker, a practicing attorney, voted against that new policy, as aware as he surely was of the pitfalls of the board’s total disregard of the applicable legal precedents. (No wonder he was voted out as Vice President for breaking, as he often does from the pack.)

However, I would never delude myself into believing that the present board would ever reverse that policy, short of an injunction issued by a court compelling them to cease and desist from offering sectarian prayers at the opening of public meetings and/or authorizing prayer meetings at any location within the COB.

But nothing short of divine intervention, with God speaking directly to Frazier and admonishing her to “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s” and to confine your prayers to me in private.

And even then, she’d probably opt to be martyred like Joan of Arc, short of being willing to also be burned at the stake.

So it goes with religious zealots, who “wear their religion on their sleeves.’”

Quote of the week: “Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest.”  Ben Franklin

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Native June 05, 2012 at 12:17 AM
And, there is nothing to defend. Frazier's position on public praying is nothing new to government. In fact it was done by the founding fathers on up to today in congress. Look at the prayer breakfasts for example. She did nothing wrong!
Buck Harmon June 05, 2012 at 01:50 AM
This entire exercise has nothing what so ever with the management or perceived leadership of Carroll County. It is merely a deceptive illusion to cover up or distract from the inability to govern properly. The BOC should focus on serving the public first, political, personal agenda's tend to prevail in apathetic communities like those in Carroll. Frazier will cost taxpayers in legal fees for no good cause.
Native June 05, 2012 at 05:47 PM
You're right, the prayer sessions have nothing to do with that other then to pray & hope for better things & guidance. Where you're wrong is that it is not an illusion, a coverup, or a distraction. Except maybe to liberals (sorry, didn't mean to invoke that dirty word). ;-)
Buck Harmon June 06, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I can understand why you can't, don't use your real name native....

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