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Prayer Supporters Rally at County Building (VIDEO)

Close to 100 people rallied to show support for the County Commissioners, whose policy is to begin County meetings with a prayer.

The local organization, 'We the People of Carroll County', put out a call to support the Commissioner's prayer policy, and close to 100 citizens responded by rallying at the county building on Center Street. 

The current Board shared their "guiding principles" immediately after taking office in December. One of those principles is to implement prayer at county government meetings.

In a recent interview, President of the Board of Commissioners Doug Howard, R-District 5 said that an "overwhelming majority" of feedback the Board has received on the issue of prayers has been in support of the prayers. 

At the rally Friday evening, Commissioner Howard and Commissioner Haven Shoemaker, R-District 2, said that the Board would "absolutely not" change its prayer policy. 

sid April 18, 2011 at 01:40 PM
As a Chaplain I am in full support of prayer. Prayer does not mean others are forced to join in. Stand up for persons of faith and traditional marriage. here. http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=97059459144
Rob Green April 18, 2011 at 05:57 PM
I'd rate this a 1 on my scale of concerns. I'm more worried about Howard's thoughts on the involvement of the public in government.
Kym Byrnes (Editor) April 18, 2011 at 06:53 PM
Rob, tell me more. What do you mean, the "involvement of the public in government"? Inquiring minds want to know, and curious journalists want to help you find the answers.
Rob Green April 19, 2011 at 12:08 AM
I got hip to this by way of Neil Ridgely's blog: http://ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/releases/Ten%20Governing.pdf 9. Straight Talk & Citizen Participation: ... Additionally, this Board will promote better communication with citizens by scheduling key hearings on evenings or weekends, and provide increased opportunity for two-way dialogue at our public hearings. "I mean, why do we even get the community involved?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVEFMRE-Kdk
Rob Green April 19, 2011 at 01:49 AM
I'm sorry if I didn't make it clear, but that quote was from Doug Howard. I agree that the government should always seek the voice of the people on matters like this.
Bonnie Grady April 20, 2011 at 02:48 AM
@JoAnn...uh, Dudette, it's NOT their freakin tax money....it's OUR freakin tax money and we deserve to have a voice in how it is spent, contrary to Mr. Howard's opinion! Your comment seems contradictory. And as for your comment about Mr. Ridgely, I have to wonder whether you've read his blog; apparently not.
DAVID JONES April 20, 2011 at 06:08 AM
I think JoAnn needs another cup of tea, or kool aid, or whatever else Michelle Jefferson is serving up this week.
Jill April 20, 2011 at 02:07 PM
Hurray for the commissioners standing up for the right to pray. That's why Carroll County is the greatest area to live in Maryland!
Kym Byrnes (Editor) April 20, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Thank you for sharing your thoughts in this online community. I just want to remind you that we are happy to have your comments as long as you remain respectful and appropriate. Our goal is to provide a forum for intelligent and informed debate and conversation. Any commenters who turn this into a mechanism to personally attack other individuals will be blocked from the comment thread.
Rob Green April 21, 2011 at 02:02 AM
Again, the quote was not mine but Doug Howard's.
CJ23 April 22, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Opening prayers for county government meetings? What better to way to let the non-Christian citizens of the county know that they are not really included in the community or the government.
CJ23 April 25, 2011 at 02:54 PM
So you don't think there is anything wrong with communicating to non-Christian citizens that they aren't really permitted into the community and the government is not really for them?
Wearedoomedcc April 29, 2011 at 05:51 AM
@JoAnn Nichols, your comments about the prayer issue are off base. Not one person said that the Commissioners cannot say a prayer, but the prayer they choose to use is one that is not inclusive of all citizens of the county. We are not a county or state or country made up of Christians. If they can't say a non-secatarian (or maybe that is too big a word for people like you and I will simplifiy it )RELIGIOIS or prayer inclusive to ONE religion no matter if it is Christian, Jewish, Muslim and so forth, they should not say one at all when opening a Government (which the BOC is part of) meeting. Have you watched the meetings lately? Now they sit and pray to "Jesus" and then say the pledge. I'm sure that this is offensive to many religous groups as it shows insincerity and only done for SHOW and the media.
Wearedoomedcc April 29, 2011 at 05:53 AM
*RELIGIOUS

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