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Mohave County Supervisors Jeanne Bishop (left) and Buster Johnson listen during a meeting held in Lake Havasu City last year. 

It was probably inevitable that at some point, Mohave County’s longstanding tradition of holding a prayer before meetings of the Board of Supervisors would be contested.

It’s disappointing, though, that anyone would think that now was a good time to have that discussion. The coronavirus pandemic has affected every facet of society, threatening lives and economies, and Mohave County’s leaders must make hard decisions that have big consequences. Meanwhile, the country has seen high levels of civil and political unrest which are only likely to worsen.

This year has been one full of challenges, and if the Board of Supervisors feels that appealing to a higher power for guidance, what harm could it cause?

Truth is, any attempt to change the way Mohave County handles invocation at public meetings probably doesn’t have a prayer. The Supreme Court ruled in 2014 in favor of prayer at public meetings, so Mohave County stands on pretty firm constitutional ground, but opposition still comes up from time. A notable case in Scottsdale turned into political theater in 2016 when the Satanic Temple sought to participate in the invocation for the local city council. The city turned down the request, which turned into a long and expensive court battle that so far has sided with the city.

In Mohave County, it’s a Baptist church that was seeking to offer the invocation at supervisor meetings. We imagine few county residents would have a problem with that.

However, the board shouldn’t change the way it currently handles prayer at meeting. Several years ago,the board stopped inviting members of the community to give the invocation; instead, the prayer is given by one of the supervisors or the clerk of the board. The practice probably protects the county from unwanted attention-seeking by trolls like the situation Scottsdale found itself in. Even if you don’t share in the belief system, prayer is a refreshing show of solemnity and respect by the people elected to make decisions that affect the lives of more than 200,000 people.

Meanwhile, those who want to pray for local government leaders shouldn’t be discouraged from doing so. It should be noted that there’s nothing stopping additional prayers before, during and after a meeting. Pray continuously, whether a meeting is happening or not. God knows our county, and our country, needs it.

— Today’s News-Herald

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IcePick

Mr Bob. Trump has been consistent for years. You just cant handle the truth!

Donald Trump 1987

https://youtu.be/ldYnGQopLIM

BigBob

I know, history has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that trump has been a racist all of his worthless life. And my comment below outlines just a small portion of that truth. Thank you for the confirmation and welcome to my fan-base.

BigBob

Over the years trump has proven himself to be a racist, beginning in 1973 when the DOJ sued the Trump Management Corporation for violating the Fair Housing Act for refusal to rent to black tenants. His comment at the time was, “You Don’t Want to Live With Them Either.” In 1975 trump signed an agreement stating he would no longer discriminate against black people.

In the 1980s trump was accused of business discrimination when it was disclosed, “When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor.”

In 1989 a book describes trumps attitude towards blacks and Jews, “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. … I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault, because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.” In a 1997 interview in Playboy magazine trump said, “the stuff O’Donnell wrote about me is probably true.”

In 1992 the trump Plaza Holed and Casino had to pay a $200,000 fine because it transferred Blacks and women dealers off tables to accommodate a big-time gambler’s prejudices.

Congressional testimony in 1993 caught trump making the claim Native American reservations operating casinos shouldn’t be allowed because “they don’t look like Indians to me.”

The year 2000 saw trump running a series of ads suggesting the St Regis Mohawk tribe (who was seeking a casino permit) has a “record of criminal activity that is well documented.” A lie.

The second season of The Apprentice in 2004 saw trump “fire” Kevin Allen, a Black contestant, for being overeducated. “You’re an unbelievably talented guy in terms of education, and you haven’t done anything.”

The list of racist trash spewed by trump is virtually endless. Want some more, just

deaton

Ho-Hum, more "smokescreen", lies and Democrat propaganda, from our "fibber" in chief, BigBob! Guess he's getting worried, "Flop Sweat" everywhere? Try "Democratic Underground" BB, it's an endless supply of this "Tripe"! Luv you Big guy. [thumbdown][whistling][love] Deaton

CVA-42

'Want some more, just' Did you now forget to finish the sentence. This is more than just your 'Easter egg', it is a much more serious problem.

BigBob

Good for you fan! You did catch it, proving you read everything I post. Now, why is it that you cannot actually address what I post instead of posting ignorant comments?

CVA-42

I did address what you attempted to post.

BigBob

Inaccurate information (aka – lies) must be dealt with in order to make certain the ignorant are not kept ignorant. My loving archivist (aka – biggest fan) has once again passed on inaccurate information, for what reason is beyond me. First, I should point out there is no such thing as the “Hebrew faith.” The ancient Hebrew’s practiced a monotheistic religion based around there being only one true God – YHWH -a new concept at the time. Hebrew is the language and the religion is Judaism. Second, I was not “raised in the Hebrew faith” as I have indicated numerous times in the past. I was raised a Southern Baptist and upon realizing the massive hypocrisy of that group I dropped away. A few years later, while posted to London, I converted to Judaism. And unlike the faux christians I take my faith very seriously.

CVA-42

The most important teaching and tenet of Judaism is that there is one God, incorporeal and eternal, who wants all people to do what is just and merciful. All people are created in the image of God and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

If you take your faith so serious, why do you treat people that disagree with you like they are inferior to you?

BigBob

Oh, fan, I do not treat anyone as if they are inferior to me - for I am far from perfect, as is every human. I simply point out, using facts and truth, that many of them - primarily trumpers such as yourself - as seriously misguided and have stepped from the path of righteousness.

CVA-42

All people are created in the image of God and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Something you fail to do.

deaton

BigBob how’s things at the synagogue? Sorry about the mixup with Hebrew and Judaism mark it up to a “layman’s” error. You know when I was with the Police Dept. the local Jewish Rabbi of Temple Beth Sholom was one of our PD Chaplains. He use to ride with me on Patrol a couple of times a month, a real gentleman he was. The Chaplains, we had four at that time, they were extremely helpful, they took turns and were on 24 hr call and would accompany Officer’s in distressful situations like making unannounced death messages. The Rabbi was very comforting with citizens and Officers alike. I was proud to know him. [thumbup][beam] Deaton

deaton

Dang, where’s Dawn King when we need her? This is right up her alley, she could be bashing and insulting “X-tians” and all other people of faith as “superstitious rubes,” “clinging to their Gods and Guns” just like her hero Obama when he got caught on a clandestine open mic. [thumbdown][huh][tongue] Deaton

BigBob

One thing about hypocrites, they will always hide behind "prayer."

azbeancounter

You never cease to amaze me bb. I guess we don't have to wonder whether or not you're a follower the the Lord Jesus Christ, do we?

deaton

Beancounter, if I remember correctly BigBob was brought up in the Hebrew faith. But he doesn’t seem to believe in much of anything anymore? Just a hollowed out shell of a carcass still occupying space. [thumbdown][huh][whistling] Deaton

BigBob

There is nothing to "wonder" about. I am not a follower of Jesus. Now tell me why that is a bad thing?

CVA-42

Maybe is you were, you wouldn't be so rude and crude. You definitely are a piece of work, which is not a good thing.

deaton

“When it comes to issues like abortion, amnesty and acid, I’m about as liberal as your grandmother. I when it comes to the Supreme Court I think it went too far. I don't think that a woman has the sole right to say what should happen to her body. I support a limited amnesty, and I don't think marijuana should be legalized.” (Joe Biden 1974) Talk about a hypocrite? [thumbdown][tongue][huh] Deaton

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