A Maryland county commissioner, Robin Bartlett Frazier, has decided that, in the name of her faith, she’s willing to defy a judge’s order against secular prayers during board meetings. And she’s willing to face any consequences for doing it, because nothing says “persecution” quite like demanding your beliefs wrapped in a Christ-shaped plunger and rammed down people’s throats.
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On March 26, US District Judge William Quarles issued a temporary injunction barring the commissioners from having sectarian prayers before meetings. The day after that, Frazier brazenly defied the ruling.
And she’s willing to go to jail because of her self-aggrandizing stunt.
Before the March 27 meeting, Frazier made sure that everyone knew it was an “infringement of her freedom of speech and freedom of religion,” and that she wouldn’t “give up property rights” or “allow [her] children to be palm scanned:”
I think that is an infringement on my freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and I think it’s a wrong ruling.
And just as I wouldn’t give up my guns or I wouldn’t allow my children to be palm scanned or I wouldn’t give up my property rights with PlanMaryland, I’m not going to give up those rights. But out of respect for my colleagues, I’m not sure how strongly they feel about it, I’m willing to go to jail over it.
I believe this is a fundamental of America. And if we cease to believe that our rights come from God, we cease to be America. We’ve been told to be careful, but we’re going to be careful all the way to communism if we don’t start standing up and saying ‘no.’ So, I say ‘no’ to this ruling.
She sounds like a rational, reasonable person. I wonder how fast her head would detonate if she ever learned there was such a thing as Christian communism.
After her little spiel, she recited a prayer that mentioned Jesus Christ twice.
However, a group of citizens of differing sects are protesting the board’s practice of opening their meetings with prayer, according to Christian Today:
“I reached a point, as others had, you just get tired of going to the meetings and being in an excluded class of individuals,” one of the plaintiffs, Neil Ridgely, said in a McDaniel College documentary.
American Humanist Association attorney Monica Miller represents the plaintiffs, but Miller said the case is not about Christian discrimination.
“This isn’t about atheism being pushed down someone’s throat,” she told the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). “This is about being inclusive to everyone, including Christians.”
Miller added that one of the plaintiffs is Catholic.
The Supreme Court ruled in May that sectarian prayers in local government meetings are constitutional. Commissioner Bartlett Frazier is confident that that precedent will lead to a successful ruling in the pending case against Carroll County.
Someone needs to get those Ahriman worshipers from Oklahoma on the horn and get them out to Maryland, stat.
Watch Frazier’s pro-Christian rant.