The Xristian Xrazies, who opened Pandora’s Box so that they could force [Xristian] prayers on everyone attending civic meetings, probably did not have Wicca in mind. And so when a Wiccan Priest petitioned to give the opening prayer, they blinked:
Citing “community fears,” the Huntsville, Alabama City Council refused to allow a practicing Wiccan to give the opening invocation at its meeting this week.
Blake Kirk — a “Priest of the Oak, Ash and Thorn tradition of Wicca,” according to the meeting’s original agenda — was scheduled to offer the prayer at the June 26, 2014 meeting, but at the last minute the council decided “to pull back, to do some education, and introduce him more gently at another time,” city attorney Peter Joffrion told AL.com.
According to WHNT News 19, the council needs to introduce Kirk “gently” because many in the community believe that his invitation was connected to a lawsuit the Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened to file because city council meetings were only opened with Christian prayers.
The council responded to that threat by allowing practitioners of the Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Baha’i, and Confucian faiths to deliver the opening prayer. But the community was not, it seems, ready for a member of the Wiccan faith to do so.
Oh, dear. Silly theocrats just don’t understand how the Bill of Rights protects everyone, even themselves. If you are going to break down the Wall separating Church and State, you should be prepared for what is on the other side.