Appeals Court Says Michigan County’s Christian-Only Prayers Are Unconstitutional

By Hemant Mehta

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners in Michigan never understood how invocation prayers worked.

They delivered it themselves, which they can’t do. The invocations were always Christian, which constituted government endorsement of religion. And when resident Peter Bormuth (a Pagan) pointed all this out during a 2013 meeting, the Commissioners dismissed his concerns. One of them literally turned his back on Bormuth.

When Bormuth filed a pro se lawsuit (in which he represents himself) against the County, things got worse:

… one of the Commissioners publicly referred to him as a “nitwit.” Another warned against allowing invited guests to give invocations for fear that they would express non-Christian religious beliefs. Still another described the lawsuit as “an attack on Christianity, and… an attack on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

A magistrate judge eventually said that summary judgment should be granted in Bormuth’s favor… but a District Judge ignored the recommendation and ruled in favor of the County. The case was then kicked up to the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It was 2015 when all this happened.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. And yet in more or less secular Britain, the House of Commons always opens its sessions with CoE prayers ! No-one takes any notice ! The price of a nationalised religion I suppose ?

  2. Another warned against allowing invited guests to give invocations for
    fear that they would express non-Christian religious beliefs.

    To read or hear this, is so terrible. And in the video, in source article, this Philip Duckham says that “political correctness nonsense” has to stop somewhere, and that some nitwit has come with an idea to deprive his faith or people of the same faith of their rights.
    Can you believe this! 🙁

  3. @OP – Appeals Court Says Michigan County’s Christian-Only Prayers Are Unconstitutional

    A better educated electorate in electing legislators to write new laws for them, might think about checking that the candidates can actually READ the existing laws and the constitution which governs their legislative role!

    one of the Commissioners publicly referred to him as a “nitwit.” Another warned against allowing invited guests to give invocations for fear that they would express non-Christian religious beliefs.

    That way they should avoid electing buffoons who are still so ignorant and illiterate that they make comments like these, even AFTER the legal requirements have been pointed out to them by others.

    Of course the god-did-it-all and my-preacher-reinterpreted-the-words-without-bothering-to-read-them brigade, “know right from wrong”, so don’t actually need to read legal documents to “know” what the law says when viewed through faith-blinkers!

    That’s why courts and judges have to correct them after they have flapped around in delusion-land, incompetently making a nuisance of themselves.

    Ideological and faith-thinking, starts with preconceived chosen conclusions, and invents “alternative facts” to prop up contrived fallacious arguments to feed to their gullible followers!

    Quoting books and documents they have never read, as badges of authority for their made-up views, is also one of their posturings!

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