“Loving Christian” and member of the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners in Florida Jeff Bergosh displayed his intolerance for other religions by walking out of the board meeting to throw a hissy fit about “Satanic” Pagan prayers.
He told ABC3-WEAR, “People may not realize it, but when we invite someone a minister to pray they are praying for the county commissioners for us to make wise decisions and I’m just not going to have a pagan or satanic minister pray for me.”
The prayer was delivered by David Suhor, an “Agnostic Pagan Pantheist,” on Thursday. Suhor says that he wants others to experience what he experiences when Christian prayer is shoved down his throat at public meetings. “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,” he said.
The majority stood to show respect for another person’s faith, but Bergosh left in a tizzy, then whined about it on his blog, as is customary in his religion — Hypocritical Douchebaggery.
I’m not one who discriminates, and I won’t here either. However, I think we need to think long and hard about making any radical changes to our current practice. While I do not think anyone I select would intentionally make a mockery of this solemn point in a meeting, who knows what someone with a massive “axe to grind” on this issue might do to make a splash in the media “spiking the football” in the face of the majority of meeting attendees who are overwhelmingly Christian?
I mean, should the majority of persons in attendance at one of our meetings really have to listen to a satanic verse? What if a “Witch Doctor” comes to the podium with a full-on costume, chicken-feet, a voodoo doll and other associated over-the-top regalia? It could easily get out of hand, so far as I can tell….(I wonder what our local media would say about this?)
And I won’t stay and listen if someone tries to be disrespectful like that. I’ll leave the room and come back after, or wear BOSE noise cancelling headphones. Or I’ll turn around and raise my fist in the air like the ’68 Olympians did(uh, I’m being sarcastic-I wouldn’t really do that…)…… I won’t be part of someone’s prank.
So we have to be careful about how this issue is managed.
Locally, I’ve been bombarded by people offering their willingness to give invocations lately…. However, as a current practice each board member has the latitude to select whomever he/she wants to deliver the invocation before the meeting. In my eight years on the board, I’ve utilized a priest, two pastors, a youth pastor, the leader of my bible study group, several members of the district staff, a school community volunteer, and I’ve delivered the invocation on a number of occasions myself. I like having the flexibility of the board’s rotation system, and I’m not in favor of changing it…
Bergosh says he has invited ” a priest, two pastors, a youth pastor, the leader of my bible study group, several members of the district staff, a school community volunteer, and I’ve delivered the invocation on a number of occasions myself” to offer the invocation in the past.
What a wonderfully diverse group of people!
However, he might be willing to open his circle of invitees to a non-Christian…maybe.
“I’d even be willing to select someone other than a Christian to deliver the invocation,” he wrote. “I’ve recently been contacted by someone of the Jewish faith, and I’m considering having that individual bring the invocation when it is next my turn, in January 2015.”
Watch a report on this embarrassment to Christianity, below: