Jewish Government Official Recalls the Christian Whose Invocation Ended With, “Our Speaker Today Will Burn in Hell” March 3, 2015

Jewish Government Official Recalls the Christian Whose Invocation Ended With, “Our Speaker Today Will Burn in Hell”

Earlier this year, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners adopted a new policy that would turn the courthouse grounds into a public forum following a kerfuffle involving a Nativity scene on the property:

That controversy reminded Mickey Maurer, the former Indiana secretary of commerce, of a time around a decade ago when he gave a speech at Franklin College about the economic development in the area. His speech was fine, but what happened before and after his talk was a little unusual

The luncheon opened with a prayer, and I remember thinking I had not experienced a chamber luncheon that featured opening and closing prayers; I had spoken to many chambers of commerce by that time. The prayer was delivered by a Franklin resident, Mike DuKate. I did not know DuKate but apparently he knew me or at least from my introduction determined correctly that I am of the Jewish faith. In an overly long, rambling and rude dissertation, he said with enthusiasm, “Our speaker today will burn in hell.”

Ah, Christian love…

That’s a strong an argument for why government bodies should just do away with sectarian prayers: There are people like DuKate who can’t keep it inclusive of everyone. Rather than give them the opportunity to spew their faith-based hatred of others, they should stick to a moment of silence. Or, better yet, skip the whole charade and just get down to business.

(Thanks to Brian for the link)


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