The Antelope Valley Press March 29th edition discussed the mayoral candidate’s views on the Prayer Measure that will be decided on the April 13 election. Here are the candidate’s views:
Q: How do you plan to vote on the “Prayer Initiative” (officially known as Measure I) allowing clergy to chose whether or not to mention Jesus Christ in their invocations before council meetings?
GENE GAYNOR: I have no problem since the measure allows for any clergy to offer themselves for the initial prayer.
But what are the odds that a god other that Abraham’s god would be allowed? After all, this is the town where sheriff’s deputies openly supported people who harassed a Pagan store that tried to open several years ago.
ARNOLD RODIO: I strongly support a person’s right to pray as they see fit. However, the City attorney has stated in a City council meeting that the current policy is illegal. I believe that this could have been resolved without the political posturing.
Parris’s opponent doesn’t seem to say much here.
R. REX PARRIS: As most people know by now, I not only plan on voting yes, I have campaigned for passage of this initiative and consider it critical that our community overwhelmingly show that we believe in freedom of speech and freedom of religion. The question as phrased above, is inaccurate. The initiative actually protects prayer to any deity, including Jesus Christ, as dictated by the prayer giver’s faith. The threat delivered to the city by the Americal Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) specifically sought to exclude any mention of Jesus Christ in prayer, hence the actual wording of the initiative.
And again, what are the odds that other gods would be allowed? This is the mayor who only asks evangelical Christian ministers to pray at city council meetings. And put the tab for the Christian state of the city address on the city’s tab. When this was found out, he quickly paid for it himself.
DAVID TALBOT: No city ballot initiative can overturn the Constitution of the United States, so it doesn’t matter how anyone votes, only that we will be sued with no insurance to cover the cost for sure if it passes and likely anyway if it doesn’t.
I certainly agree with this candidate.
LYLE TALBOT: “I” don’t attend religious services, so I’ll leave it to those who do.
I suppose he could be one of us, but wouldn’t he have to sit though some Jesus meetings himself?