Letters to the editor - Friday (3-15-2013)
Commissioners disregard court decisions on prayer
I wish to go on record that I fully support Robert Voelker, Liesa Montag-Siegel and Nan Lund, along with the American Civil Liberties Union, in their lawsuit against the Rowan County ccmmissioners. Our current commissioners have chosen to blatantly flaunt their Christian beliefs against the United States Constitution as established in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.
The fact that they hold these beliefs is all well and good; the insistence that they practice them in the form of Christian prayer during the conduct of the Rowan County Commission meetings or in the midst of other public business for which they have been elected is not. Their actions show a total disregard toward the beliefs of those who practice other religions as well as those who harbor no religious beliefs. Their actions go specifically against the latest rulings of the federal courts both within and outside of North Carolina, and the commissioners have continued to practice their sectarian prayers despite a request from the ACLU over a year ago that they cease and desist or risk the current lawsuit.
Several of the commissioners have vowed to continue their Christian prayer practice in the face of the pending lawsuit. Who is going to pay the legal fees associated with the lawsuit? I seem to recall that, back when the ACLU first took action, several of the commissioners vowed that no county money would be used to fight this battle, but that they would pay any legal fees involved from their own pockets. Let us now see if their memories go back that far.
I enjoin the Rowan County Commissioners to immediately discontinue their practice of Christian prayer while engaging in the business of governing Rowan County so that their meetings will be inclusive and welcoming for all of the citizens within our borders.
— Deal Safrit
Support for board
Let me be sure I have this right. The three people who voiced their concern with the help of the ACLU are saying they feel uncomfortable in a setting where prayer is? If it’s uncomfortable at the commission meeting, they must be uncomfortable anywhere prayer is offered, as before a meal or at a funeral. Those are gatherings, and by the way, do they think that God was comfortable giving up his only Son to take away our sins? Do they think that Jesus Christ was comfortable on the cross for those long suffering hours?
He didn’t die for only those sins; it was for sins in years to come, my sin and sins of those who don’t want to hear prayer.
As for the county commissioners, I don’t know any of you but do know that we as Christians support you as you pray “in Jesus name” or “King of Kings” or however you choose to praise him.
— Leah Fry