April 10, 2015 4:00 pm -


So you want freedom for all religions, or just yours?

“Blessed Be, Aho, and Amen,” aren’t the words members of the Iowa House of Representatives are accustomed to hear at the closing of the invocation marking the House’s opening ceremonies, but that’s just what happened yesterday when a Wiccan priestess delivered the prayer.

“We call this morning to God, Goddess, Universe, that which is greater than ourselves to be here with us today,” said Deborah Maynard, who delivered the first prayer by a Wiccan in the assembly. “By the Earth that is in our bones and centers us, may all here remember our roots and those whom we are here to represent….. We call this morning to Spirit, which is ever present, to help us respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Be with this legislative body and guide them to seek justice, equity and compassion in the work that is before them today.”

A number of Christian lawmakers didn’t attend the opening ceremony to protest the priestess’ historic invocation.


Others, like State Rep. Rob Taylor (R-Iowa), turned their backs during the priestess’ prayer. Taylor said he asked himself “What would Jesus do?” and decided Jesus would “be in the presence of a prayer, but peacefully protest.” He added that “everyone has the right to come into our chamber – it is the people’s chamber – and pray and she did and this was the way for me to peacefully protest.”

Members of the Fort Des Moines Church of Christ organized prayers outside the Capitol. “We feel that this is completely out of sync with the traditions of our state and our nation to seek guidance from the occult. We believe it is just not a good idea,” said their Pastor Demastus, according to the Des Moines Register.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

30 responses to Christians Protest When Wiccan Gives Invocation For Iowa House

  1. Suzanne McFly April 10th, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    These types are so stupid they can’t even help themselves and they openly show their hypocrisy.

    • Chinese Democracy April 10th, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      they just need to add a word ONE religion that would make their intentions much more clear heh

  2. Kick Frenzy April 10th, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Dear Pastor Demastus, technically speaking, your religion is also a cult.
    And judging by recent “Christian” actions, you are also out of sync with our nation.

    Although, from what the Wiccan prayer said and from what I know of Wicca, they are much more in line with our nation.

    • Suzanne McFly April 10th, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      I would love to know what part of her message is he against? She said a beautiful prayer that I believe the Pope would support.

      • Kick Frenzy April 10th, 2015 at 6:03 pm

        The part where she isn’t a Christian…

        • Suzanne McFly April 10th, 2015 at 8:13 pm

          Oh, that part….I kind of figured that.

  3. FatRat April 10th, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    What did the CONs who fled the building think was coming, Santanico Pandemonium!? I’d have security check through their belongings when they return and make special note if they purchased a copy of Malleus Maleficarum from Amazon or not. lol

    • arc99 April 10th, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      The first time I saw Dusk Til Dawn, it was on television and I had no idea of the storyline. I was channel surfing, saw Quentin Tarentino and George Clooney and decided it was worth giving it a try. After all it was after midnight and I was bored.

      It was a slightly above average vampire movie. But no matter how many times you see it, there is nothing like the first time experience when completely unexpected, a cops and robbers movie suddenly turns into a horror film.

      That is one of my all time favorite movie experiences. Not necessarily the movie itself, but that feeling of “what the hell just happened” when the storyline changes dramatically.

      • tracey marie April 10th, 2015 at 10:11 pm

        what about the dance by Selma Hyack, that made me horny

      • StoneyCurtisll April 10th, 2015 at 10:57 pm

        It was better at the movie theater than on TV~!

        • Hirightnow April 10th, 2015 at 11:04 pm

          Well. yeah.
          About the only movie I’ve ever seen that was improved by showing it on a small screen was David Lynch’s “Dune”…

          • arc99 April 10th, 2015 at 11:56 pm

            I have a 50 inch TV and was sitting about 4 feet away. Everything looked just fine, especially Salma’s dance.

      • bpollen April 11th, 2015 at 2:49 am

        The one thing about Tarantino movies is that the dialog is always great.

    • burqa April 10th, 2015 at 11:21 pm

      She looks better with a snake than Alice Cooper, that’s for sure.

      Is that Travis Tritt on guitar?

      • FatRat April 11th, 2015 at 8:10 am
        Tito Larriva

        Talented Lead Singer of Tito and Tarantula (which was featured in From Dusk Till Dawn).

        • burqa April 11th, 2015 at 10:42 pm

          Looks like Travis Tritt.

  4. illinoisboy1977 April 10th, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Equal protection under the law means equal opportunity to present your faith’s invocation at a public gathering. One would think that elected representatives would be more supportive of the US Constitution.

  5. labman57 April 10th, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    When Jesus advocated that his followers should “turn the other cheek”, I don’t think he was referring to their butt cheeks.

    Moral of the story: Conservatives wish to bring religion into the secular arenas of the local, state, and federal legislature.
    Be careful what you wish for.

    • Dwendt44 April 11th, 2015 at 12:37 am

      They’ll still wish for their theocracy.

  6. Hirightnow April 10th, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    “We feel that this is completely out of sync with the traditions of our state and our nation to seek guidance from the occult.”
    What’s the over/under on this guy being a Reagan fan?

    • fahvel April 11th, 2015 at 4:23 am

      is their jesus occult crap different than wiccan crap? they are all living in a nightmare world of absence and use their worship to justify why they are.

  7. Angelo_Frank April 10th, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    The adherents of Christian Dominionism are perfectly content with the persecution of those they consider not worthy of the freedoms granted under our Constitution.

  8. StoneyCurtisll April 10th, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Militant christians seem to be pissed off all the time lately…

    If their god is so weak they have to pitch a fit every time someone else’s religion is given a moment of time..
    Maybe they need a better god.

  9. burqa April 10th, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    People need to lighten up.

  10. oldfart April 11th, 2015 at 1:24 am

    please make up my mind, do you folks want religious freedom or not ?!?

    • trees April 11th, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      Religious freedom. By that, do you mean the right to protest a belief system?

      • OldLefty April 11th, 2015 at 9:05 pm

        Everyone has ALWAYS done that.

        Nothing new.

  11. Warman1138 April 11th, 2015 at 5:17 am

    God bless America and nowhere else……….from the movie, Head of State.

    • Andy Sprouse June 4th, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      also from the game, fallout 3

  12. rg9rts April 11th, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Wait till the good christians find out their god is a She!