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May 14 2014

Bedrosian’s Unwitting Admission

Al Bedrosian, the Roanake County, VA supervisor who thinks America should eliminate the separation of church and state and be a Christian theocracy, unwittingly makes a perfect argument against his position that only Christians should be allowed to say prayers before board meetings:

Reached Friday for comment, Bedrosian stuck with his original comments. He was asked again how he would respond to a non-Christian’s request to offer the invocation at the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors meetings.

“I would say no,” he said. “That does not infringe on their freedom of religion. The truth is you’re trying to infringe on my right, because I don’t believe that.”

Wait, you mean having to sit through the prayers of other religions you don’t believe in infringes on your rights? Gosh, that sounds like a really good argument against your position, doesn’t it? Oh, I’m sure he wouldn’t acknowledge that. He’d make some idiotic argument that since this is a Christian nation, that’s the default and non-Christians do not have the same rights.

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  1. 1
    colnago80

    Spelling Nazi here, it’s Roanoke Co.

  2. 2
    John Pieret

    And guess what! The invocation at the first meeting of the board after the SCOTUS decision was by … wait for it … Maharaj Sharma of the India Heritage Society, who chanted a blessing offering goodwill and peace. Bedrosian was, apparently, discomfited by this because he refused to stand as is the commissioner’s custom during invocations.

    http://www.roanoke.com/news/local/roanoke_county/roanoke-county-s-bedrosian-declines-to-stand-during-non-christian/article_07f62094-dadd-11e3-a3fa-0017a43b2370.html

    Sauce. Gander. Goose.

  3. 3
    Chiroptera

    Bedrosian is being more honest than you think, Ed. What it comes down to, quite clearly and plainly, is what he believes.

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    Ha ha ha ha! Autocorrect tried to change “Bedrosian” to “Necrosis”!

  4. 4
    colnago80

    Who does Bedrosian consider to be included in his definition of who is a Christian? Are Mormons Christians? Are Catholics, Roman or Eastern Orthodox Christians? Inquiring minds want to know.

  5. 5
    Trebuchet

    Unwitting admission? Of course. To make a ‘witting’ admission, he’d have to have some.

  6. 6
    Scr... Archivist

    I wonder how much of this is about the word “believe”. If Bedrosian has a political opinion (a belief) about a church-state question, does he then think that this is a matter of personal conscience (a belief) which it is not government’s place to oppose?

    Those are really two different kinds of belief, but for people who make religion central to their life an politics, maybe everything is religious. And maybe they imagine that this is some kind of trump card.

  7. 7
    Modusoperandi

    He’d make some idiotic argument that since this is a Christian nation, that’s the default and non-Christians do not have the same rights.

    WRONG!!! NONCHRISTIANS HAVE THE SAME RIGHT TO SIT THROUGH CHRISTIAN PRAYERS AS CHRISTIANS DO!!!

  8. 8
    alanb

    So, we are a Christian nation based on Judeo-Christian values. Got it.

  9. 9
    timpayne

    Colnago @ 4

    Not long ago I had a cab driver- just huge, at least 6-4, 250 – who was wearing a Notre Dame team jacket. I asked him if he had played ball for Notre Dame. He said, “Oh no, I went to a Christian college.”

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    Crimson Clupeidae

    John Pieret@2: that link is great, thanks!

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  12. 12
    D Carter

    Hurriedly misread post title as “Bedrosian’s Bedwetting Admission”.

  13. 13
    thebookofdave

    Sorry, Wanye. Your request to deliver your invocation to the next Roanoke County Council meeting has been declined. Please submit your next one as a Christian spambot.

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