Vowing, as they obviously have, not to let legal restrictions prohibiting prayers in public buildings stand in the way of approving Commissioner Frazier’s weekly prayer sessions in a room located in the basement, they’ve pulled out all stops and skullduggery to justify it.
But where they stumbled over themselves by establishing a policy on the use of rooms that would blanket, not only her right to reserve a room , but for any and all employees as well (for whatever purpose), was that the court rulings speak only to public buildings, sans any exceptions-stated or inferred-for interior spaces/rooms.
To his credit, Commissioner Shoemaker, a practicing attorney, voted against that new policy, as aware as he surely was of the pitfalls of the board’s total disregard of the applicable legal precedents. (No wonder he was voted out as Vice President for breaking, as he often does from the pack.)
However, I would never delude myself into believing that the present board would ever reverse that policy, short of an injunction issued by a court compelling them to cease and desist from offering sectarian prayers at the opening of public meetings and/or authorizing prayer meetings at any location within the COB.
But nothing short of divine intervention, with God speaking directly to Frazier and admonishing her to “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s” and to confine your prayers to me in private.
And even then, she’d probably opt to be martyred like Joan of Arc, short of being willing to also be burned at the stake.
So it goes with religious zealots, who “wear their religion on their sleeves.’”
Quote of the week: “Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest.” Ben Franklin