Texas Judge Begins Court Sessions With Five-Minute Bible Reading And Prayer
A judge in Montgomery County, Texas opened a recent court session with a five-minute Bible reading followed by a formal prayer. The prayer to
Allah GOP Jesus made some feel uncomfortable.
[su_center_ad]According to a complainant, the Justice of the Peace stated, “We are going to say a prayer. If any of you are offended by that, you can leave into the hallway and your case will not be affected.”
The Judge then introduced a minister who read from the Bible at length before those in attendance were asked to bow their heads and pray, according to the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
One of the people who observed the Judge’s behavior said in the complaint, “I was very uncomfortable and certainly felt that I was being coerced into following this ritual and that the outcome of my case depended upon my body language.”
Naturally, the judge responded with a prayer breakfast.
It’s meaningless that Mack said “your case will not be affected” when all of his other actions indicate otherwise.
Mack never responded to the letter, sent a month ago, however he has scheduled a prayer breakfast in a few days and will talk about the situation then.
In an email to supporters, he said this:
… I will be addressing [FFRF’s] demand that we “immediately end the practice of court prayer” at the Oct 23rd Prayer Breakfast. I am not seeking the potential controversy, as I will have to respond to these groups as well. We are on strong moral and legal ground.
I want to make a statement to show those that feel what we are doing is unacceptable, that not only is it acceptable to our community, but show them that God has a place in all aspects of our lives and public service, during times of tragedy and conflict, when we as a community need to bring peace to the storm. That it is reflected in how we as a community respond and treat each other during these times of tragedy.
Except as a judge he shouldn’t skip over that Separation of Church and State thingy even though it’s popular in right wing circles to ignore that part of the Constitution.
Instead of toning it down, Mack included an appeal to followers to purchase $20 tickets waynemack.org for the prayer breakfast.
Raw Story reports:
Mack’s email was forwarded as an attachment by Betty Anderson from the Montgomery County Eagle Forum who wrote, “A Christian brother, an elected official, needs our help right now. Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack has been warned in a letter sent by the anti-Christian Freedom From Religion Foundation not to continue opening his court in prayer. They believe that God & Faith has no place in public lives and service.”
The email concludes, “Serving the King, and standing up for our God-given inalienable rights to religious freedom.”
Lord, please protect me from your followers. Amen. [su_csky_ad]