Virginia County Board: Followers Of ‘Pre-Christian Deities’ Forbidden To Deliver Opening Prayers

PIC: Baal (PD)

PIC: Baal (PD)

Well, there goes my benediction to Baal. On the bright side, the county’s recognition of the gods of Wicca as Pre-Christian Deities does give Wiccans some legal ammo to use against those who claim that their religion was made up whole-cloth by Gerald Gardner. Also, I’m assuming deities contemporaneous with Christianity are just fine, so grab your Pope cards and take the next flight to Chesterfield, Subgenii: These folks clearly need “Bob” and his redeeming message of Slack.

County officials in Virginia have apparently violated the constitution by designating which religious leaders can deliver prayers before public meetings, according to the state’s American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU sent a letter Thursday to the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, which had limited opening prayers to ordained leaders of monotheistic religions.

“The First Amendment requires governing bodies to allow everyone the chance to deliver prayers before official meetings,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. “If they don’t, then what they’re doing is unconstitutional.”

A state appeals court upheld the county’s policy in a 2005 ruling, and the board has invited local clergy whose names are drawn from an official county list.

Almost all of those religious leaders have represented Christian denominations, and the county has denied a Wiccan’s request to be added to the list.

Officials defended that decision, saying the “neo-pagan” faith does not fall within the Judeo-Christian tradition and “invokes polytheistic, pre-Christian deities.”

via Virginia county board says no followers of ‘pre-Christian deities’ allowed to deliver prayers.

 

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  • CletusBeauregard

    When you vote GOP, this is what you’re voting for.

    • Shrdlu42

            Yes. Since they long ago ceased to be “the party of Lincoln”, perhaps today those initials stand for “Guardians of Prejudice”.

  • DavidC

    After the President, former Presidents, and other ‘Elite’ meet and dance around that statue of Molech, will they still be allowed to pray in Chesterfield County?

    • gustave courbet

      Yes. What happens in the Grove, stays in the grove.

  • Jonas Planck

    Spaghetti monster’s still on the menu, too.

    • Spasmodius

      Mammon, as well.

  • Earthstar

    I guess Hindus aren’t welcome either, not to mention Native American spiritualists.

    • InfvoCuernos

      They can’t even use the argument that Native American faith is “pre-christian”, more like coincident. They should just come and say “Christians only please”

  • aaron

    To fix this How about just ban praying all together before the meetings? If you want to pray before it show up 15min before the meeting and you and your little group of self righteous evangelicals can get together and pray in the parking lot outside. Problem solved.

  • BuzzCoastin

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…

    guess that doesn’t apply to local gruberments

    • aaron

      I didnt know the constitution even applied any more at any level of gruberments

  • Anarchy Pony

    My sky daddy’s better than your forest spirits!

    • Mr Grim

      I’m experimenting in my garden with grafting various forest spirits onto one another: aiming for a kind of Ent/Pan/Woodsie Lord/Blood Tree/Horned God hybrid…

  • Echar Lailoken

    What about Gnostic prayers?

    Hail Sophia, filled with light, the Christ is with Thee, blessed art Thou among the Aeons, and blessed is the Liberator of Thy light, Jesus. Holy Sophia, Mother of all gods, pray to the light for us Thy children, now and in the hour of our death. Amen.

    http://gnosis.org/ecclesia/catechism.htm#PRAYERS%20AND%20CREEDS

  • Shrdlu42

          And we still don’t worship Jesus (which we consider a blasphemy).

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