As we all know, the Liberty Counsel spends every minute of every day jumping up and down and screaming about religious liberty. But apparently that religious liberty only applies to Christians and it CERTAINLY doesn’t apply to non-Christians seeking to give the invocation before a governmental body in the Liberty Counsel’s backyard. The Orlando Sentinel reports:
Lake County Commission Chairman Jimmy Conner said the county met with lawyers from Liberty Counsel, which gained national attention for defending Kentucky clerk Kim Davis for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Liberty Counsel will defend Lake and offered to pay for all legal fees. The county rejected [Chaz] Stevens’ request because he doesn’t live in Lake County, an email shows. Stevens, 51, said he will fight the decision. He said Lake doesn’t have a written policy for who can give invocations. “The problem is if it’s not written down, they could be tweaking it so they can deny me,” he said Wednesday. Conner said it doesn’t matter if Stevens moves to Lake. “We don’t want to fight, but we aren’t going to preemptively surrender to this guy. He is not going to give a prayer to Satan while I’m here. Never. Never.” Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, said he is helping the county adopt a written policy.
Stevens claims to be a Satanist, which is a common ploy used by atheists seeking to enforce the separation of church and state at the local level. (Tipped by JMG reader Guillermo)