This is going on in the the town where I grew up, lived away from for about 20 years, then moved back to. I live here now in case I'm confusing you.
Anyway, the ACLU has come to town. Apparently they have received several complaints (I swear it wasn't me) that the county commissioners start all their public meetings with prayers in Jesus' name, and sent them a letter basically saying, hey that's illegal and you need to cut that shit out.
In a county where standing up for Jesus is a guaranteed ticket to reelection and kowtowing to the whims of the ACLU is a guaranteed ticket to being ridden out on a rail, the county commissioners did the natural thing and turned their most recent meeting into a Baptist revival.
My reaction to all of this is basically this:
I love this kind of shit. It's freaking hilarious to me. I love the insane overreaction on both sides. Slippery slope arguments are rampant. If government officials are forbidden to lead participants in a government function in an official sectarian prayer, then next thing you know they are going to ban the Bible and start feeding Christians to lions again. On the other hand, if we allow a government official to publicly pray at the start of a meeting for God's guidance and wisdom in decision-making, then next thing you know we'll have restarted the inquisition.
It's a losing battle, of course. The ACLU has like two or three kilowarrens of case law on their side, so this fight is going to cost me and my fellow county taxpayers anywhere from 1/4 - 1/2 million dollars, so that's the down side.
This has gotten a little bit of national coverage, but here's a link from the local paper
. If you don't want to read the whole article, look at the pictures and definitely watch the video at the end of the article. These are my neighbors. The guy right after the dirty hippie is my favorite.
I don't think any of you have ever heard me speak, but I have the same accent as the people in that video, so whenever you read my posts, that's what you should be hearing in your head.
The comments on that story aren't anything you haven't seen before on any debate on this topic, but they were interesting to me because everybody posts here using their Facebook account, and I'm like, man that guy is an idiot, and I click on his profile and we we have like 6 mutual friends, some of whom I actually have a shred of respect for.
The video here
is also pretty funny. That's one of my county commissioners speaking. We can't raise taxes to improve our schools, but we can raise taxes to stand up for Jesus.