For a while now, David Suhor (who calls himself an Agnostic Pagan Pantheist) has been trying to deliver an invocation to the Escambia County School Board in Florida. It hasn’t happened yet, and his situation has only been made worse by one of the board members, Jeff Bergosh, saying that he would walk out if Suhor was ever allowed to give one.
While that situation is working itself out, Suhor delivered an invocation for the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners last night, and it was the greatest thing you’ll ever see.
Here’s the first stanza of his lovely song (the rest of the lyrics are in the YouTube video description):
Hail, Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East,
Powers of Air! We invoke. and call you
Golden Eagle of the Dawn, Star-seeker, Whirlwind
Rising Sun! Come!
By the air that is Her breath,
Send forth your light, Be here now!
Oh my god, I love it. This is what the Supreme Court decision has wrought.
One of the commissioners wasn’t happy about it at all. Wilson Robertson, a Christian, walked out before Suhor even began, telling a reporter, “I’m just not going to have a pagan or satanic minister pray for me.”
Welcome to our world, Robertson!
Suhor’s reason for delivering that particular invocation was brilliant:
“In a way I would like for other people to experience what it’s like when I go to a meeting and am asked to pray against my conscience.”
Brilliant. He’s telling the crowd and community leaders that if they felt uncomfortable during his song, well, that’s how he feels every time he has to sit through another Christian prayer.
You can see the full news report here:
Meanwhile, Suhor may still sue the Escambia County School Board for denying him the chance to deliver what I can only hope is a similar invocation. I don’t know what they’re so worried about. Everyone loves beginning school board meetings with a song honoring the directions and nature, right?
(Thanks to Brian for the link. Portions of this article were posted earlier)