The Ada County Highway District Commission (in Idaho) has thrown the Constitution under the bus with their 3-2 vote to allow prayers during public meetings. What’s amazing, though, is how many people were publicly opposed to the decision:
Commissioners Rebecca Arnold and Sara Baker both said they are religious people, but do not support an opening invocation.
“I am Christian and I pray every day,” Arnold said. “I thank God that I live in United States of America where I am free to do that, or not. Where I am free to choose when, where and how to pray and with whom. This resolution takes away our freedom because it forces our employees to sit through religious rituals when they may or may not wish to.”
ACHD Director Bruce Wong told the commission the prayer policy could have “unintentional consequences.”
Even though he says “a lot of silent prayers for staff and for all of you and for a lot of the things we do,” Wong said he cannot support holding prayer during commission meetings. “I think this is a solution in search of a problem,” he said.
ACHD Chief of Staff Paul Daigle told the commissioners he surveyed 40 employees on the proposed policy, and 90 percent requested a moment of silence as opposed to prayer.
During Wednesday’s hearing, four audience members spoke before the commission. All opposed the policy, including one ACHD employee.
Seriously, how many more people does this board need to tell them this is a bad idea before they get the hint?!
Oh well. Can someone please call the Satanic Temple and get them to request an invocation date? This board clearly wants to hear the sweet sounds of Satan.
Or, if you’re an atheist in the area, please sign up by contacting the commissioners here. Go ahead and fill up their schedule. It’s what Jesus would have wanted.
(Thanks to Brian for the link)