'Jesus Christ,' Other Religious References, Voted Out of Carroll County Meetings

Response to federal judge's injunction against sectarianism at public meetings.

"Jesus Christ" was voted out of Carroll County government sessions by a divided board of commissioners.

Reacting to legal pressure for the board to halt sectarian references in invocations, the board voted 3-2 to follow a federal judge's injunction against religious reference, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The commissioners resolved Tuesday that prayers may still reference “God,” “Lord God,” “Creator” and “Lord of Lords,” but they must be non-sectarian and led by board president David Roush, who voted in favor of the change.

Richard Rothschild, one of two commissioners who opposed the resolution, said it would force him “to refuse to acknowledge the Son of God.” 

“I humbly and respectfully declare that I cannot and will not sign a document that forward binds me to enact disobedience against my Christian faith,” Rothschild added, according to the Sun.

Monica Miller, a lawyer for the American Humanist Association who is representing the plaintiffs, said Tuesday that the vote is “a great gesture,” but that the contempt request will stand. The resolution also bans the board from requiring or asking anyone to stand for the prayer. 

PH May 13, 2014 at 09:49 PM
Hey Joe (like the old Hendrix tune), you still ARE a ghost as far as I am concerned.
Buck Harmon May 14, 2014 at 08:44 AM
Pigeon feathers fluttering to the ground ~~..
Thomas May 14, 2014 at 10:09 AM
Art. 36. That as it is the duty of every man to worship God in such manner as he thinks most acceptable to Him, all persons are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty; wherefore, no person ought by any law to be molested in his person or estate, on account of his religious persuasion, or profession, or for his religious practice, unless, under the color of religion, he shall disturb the good order, peace or safety of the State, or shall infringe the laws of morality, or injure others in their natural, civil or religious rights; nor ought any person to be compelled to frequent, or maintain, or contribute, unless on contract, to maintain, any place of worship, or any ministry; nor shall any person, otherwise competent, be deemed incompetent as a witness, or juror, on account of his religious belief; provided, he believes in the existence of God, and that under His dispensation such person will be held morally accountable for his acts, and be rewarded or punished therefor either in this world or in the world to come. Nothing shall prohibit or require the making reference to belief in, reliance upon, or invoking the aid of God or a Supreme Being in any governmental or public document, proceeding, activity, ceremony, school, institution, or place. Nothing in this article shall constitute an establishment of religion (amended by Chapter 558, Acts of 1970, ratified Nov. 3, 1970). LET ME REITERATE WHAT THE MARYLAND CONSTITUTION STATES...."provided, he believes in the existence of God" perhaps we just eliminated any chance that JoeEldersburg or whoever he is (he who shall not be named)can serve in any capacity as a juror, witness or otherwise to the good of the public!
AL May 16, 2014 at 03:38 PM
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PH May 16, 2014 at 11:45 PM


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