The story in today's paper says
Town Council went behind closed doors last month to talk about "possible litigation" from the ACLU. During that closed-door meeting, Council agreed on a policy that would eliminate starting Council meetings with prayer "in Jesus' name."
The policy adopted by the Council in closed session and relayed to the ACLU says the town will remove prayer from its agenda and it will not be part of public business. It agreed, and so stated to the ACLU, that if prayer is held it will be done by the Town Council members prior to the public meeting and that the prayer will be delivered "as a private citizen and according to the dictates of their own conscience" and, furthermore that any prayer given by the Council "will be non-sectarian".
The letter was sent by the town's attorney, Chip Hewett, on April 12, two days after Council decided on the policy.
But, since then Mayor Charles Hester said he is having second thoughts about the policy Council came up with.
Hester told The Selma News that he likely will bring the issue up and ask Council to rethink it.
Hewett told The News that Selma does not want to be a "test case" on bucking the ACLU and is watching to see what happens in Forsyth County, where the government also has received a complaint about prayer from the ACLU.
I am glad that Mayor Hester is rethinking this one. Stand up with a spine, Charles, and don't let this one go. You have an open spot on the Council. Have me appointed to that position. I am going to run for office in November, anyway. I will stand by you on this one. Some things are worth fighting for. There are groups like the ACLJ and the ADF that are willing to take up the fight. Don't just be a pussy and sit by, waiting for the outcome of another fight on the other side of the state. Get some spine and let's fight this thing. If we can work with the ADF, it will likely not cost us anything as a town. Don't bow down to the worldly, heathen, God hating ACLU.
I just learned about the policy decision by reading today's Selma News. I was peeved, to say the least. My wife was calling the Town Council a bunch of whimps after hearing the news, and justly so.
By the way, I will have a guest on my next issue of "Straight Shooting" to talk about the ACLU. Nedd Kareiva is the founder of The Stop the ACLU Coalition. The show will be live on the net Sunday night at 6PM at this link.