Lorain County, Ohio, is one of those places that will be re-instituting prayers at their commission meetings in the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision.
Commissioner Tom Williams (below), in explaining why they’re doing this, shows us exactly why the Court made the wrong decision:
“We have different beliefs, but it comes down to believing in a God,” [Williams] said, adding he works with and supports people of different faiths.
By inviting clergy of all faiths to offer prayer to begin commission meetings, “We show respect to all religions,” Williams said.
Neither Williams nor [Commissioner Lori] Kokoski foresee the proposal running into opposition.
“Why would anyone object to having an opening prayer?” Williams asked. “It just reminds us that Lorain County prospers.”
Williams added he hopes the practice of having an opening prayer will bring the board of commissioners closer together “and show we’re not there to just represent the people but to do God’s work as well.”
If you’re religious, they welcome you.
If you’re non-religious, they don’t even think you exist. Williams’ comments reflect the idea that, in Lorain County, atheists are second-class citizens.
But maybe some local Satanists, Wiccans, and Humanists can let the commissioners know they’d like to deliver an invocation. Let’s see how well those prayers go over.
What’s Williams going to do? Say no to them?