It seems South Carolina will be the battleground in the fight over council prayers.
After Great Falls, SC lost their battle over the opening prayer, the ACLU has sent threatening letters to several area governments asking them to stop praying “in Jesus’ name.”.
The ACLU sent letters to Oconee County and the cities of Anderson and Seneca asking them to stop using a specific deity’s name, per the recent US Appeals Court ruling.
At last night’s Oconee County Council meeting there were anonymous ACLU members, whose sole purpose was to monitor the prayers said. They were not disappointed.
“We ask all these things in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen,” prays Rinehart. Besides being a councilmember, Rinehart is a pastor and he says being told not to mention Jesus makes him want to shout it louder. “I’m not a Bible thumping rebel rousing crusader. I didn’t make this fight. I didn’t choose it.”
I’m still waiting on anyone to show me exactly how praying in the specific name of a God or mentioning a specific God in a governmental function is unconstitutional.
Shall we go back to the individuals that wrote the Constitution and see how they prayed and some of the decrees that they issued?
I do not want to make the case that every Founding Father was a Evangelical Christian, most certainly they were not, but neither did they shy away from mentioning specifically the Judeo-Christian God in prayers and in government documents.
Take this proclamation from President John Adams, which reads in part:
…acknowledge before God the manifold sins and transgressions with which we are justly chargeable as individuals and as a nation; beseeching him at the same time, of His infinite grace, through the Redeemer of the World, freely to remit all our offences, and to incline us, by His Holy Spirit, to that sincere repentance and reformation which may afford us reason to hope for his inestimable favor and heavenly benediction.
That seems to be a clear mentioning of a specific deity by a governmental officlal. No one during that time found the reference to be unconstitutional. None of the writers of the Costitution and the Bill of Rights found anything contrary about Adams mentioning of “God,” “the Redeemer of the World,” and “His Holy Spirit.”
As I mentioned yesterday, the ACLU is not going after the “New Age” teacher in NC who works with numerous school districts and local governments across the nation. It seems they only target Christian mentions, symbols, etc.
I would not find it offensive if I was in a heavily Muslim area of the country and a council member prayed to Allah.
I am more offended by people who are ashamed of their God and who don’t have the courage of their convictions to name to whom they are praying. Can I sue to stop nonsectarian prayers, since they make me want to throw up when I hear one? Will the ACLU take my call?