It’s great to see people stand up for their rights, don’t you think?
Via Carroll County Times:
Carroll County Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier opened up Thursday morning’s Carroll County Board of Commissioners budget meeting with a prayer containing references to Jesus Christ despite a federal judge’s order that the commissioners temporarily stop opening its meetings with sectarian prayers to Jesus Christ until he determines the final result of a lawsuit against the county.
Frazier, who seemed near tears, began the meeting by expressing her displeasure with the judge’s ruling. Frazier, R-District 1, said she was willing to go to jail to fight the preliminary injunction ruling.
“If we cease to believe that our rights come from God, we cease to be America,” Frazier said. “We’ve been told to be careful. But we’re going to be careful all the way to Communism if we don’t start standing up and saying ‘no.’”
She then proceeded to quote a prayer that she said was by George Washington, which included references to Jesus Christ, Lord, our Father, merciful father and the Holy Spirit.
John Fea, chair of the history department at Messiah College, said the prayer comes from the so-called George Washington Prayer Book, which was found in a chest of papers by one of Washington’s descendants in the 1890s. Both the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Virginia, which houses the papers
Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a party that fails to comply with an order of the court may be held in contempt. The preliminary injunction signed by the U.S. District Court of Maryland Judge William D. Quarles Jr. Tuesday is an official order of the court.
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