Dillsboro, North Carolina will begin all future Town Board meetings with strictly Christian prayers, and Mayor Mike Fitzgerald (below) has a very unusual reason for making that move:
“They said as long as it’s what your town is used to. And we ain’t got nothing but Baptists in town,” Mayor Mike Fitzgerald told board members May 12. In a follow-up interview, Fitzgerald noted the Supreme Court’s ruling states local governments must make “reasonable” efforts to identify congregations located within its borders.
There are two churches within Dillsboro’s town limits: Jarrett Memorial, a Baptist church built in 1938; and Refuge Church, a nondenominational church that moved last summer into a town storefront.
“We’ve been known for Jarrett Memorial for time immemorial,” Fitzgerald said. “We are not trying to make anybody a Christian. We are just going to ask for a blessing on the town’s decisions.”
Really? Nothing but Baptists?! That’s a pretty bold statement that ought to be easy to disprove.
Here’s what needs to happen: We need a local atheist or Muslim or Wiccan or anyone who’s not Christian to call up the Town Board and offer to do an invocation. Or email the town clerk and request it. Let’s see how they handle it. Are they really going to say no? Let’s see them try.
There’s no way the town is 100% Baptist. We just need the non-Christians to speak up?
(Thanks to Brian for the link)