I posted last week about how the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners (in Florida) voted to spend $30,000 on a local concert.
The problem with that was that it was a gospel concert, taking place in a church, where the pastor just happened to be the brother of one of the commissioners.
The Commissioners argued that they were promoting tourism, not Christianity. but if you believe that… well, you must be one of the Commissioners.
It appears there’s finally a solution to the problem, though:
In an effort to avoid controversy, [concert organizer Sheila] Green decided to not accept the county’s money and to take out a loan to cover the cost.
“I didn’t want to do anything that would hurt my church,” Green said Friday morning. “I didn’t want to blemish them for something they didn’t have anything to do with.”
An anonymous donor then contacted Green and donated the $30,000 sum.
Great! A private donor for a religious concert — that’s exactly how it should be. No one has a problem with Christians paying for their own events; it’s a wonder they needed the government’s help in the first place to support their proselytizing. Given how much money is already flowing in the churches, those donors should be first in line to make these events happen.
(Image via Shutterstock. Thanks to Brian for the link)