In a response to new rules enacted in Rowan County, North Carolina, where prayers before legislative meetings are now banned, the chairman for the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners has controversially defended his county’s religious beliefs.
Chairman Carrol Mitchem told the Lincoln Times-News that prayers will continue to be held in Lincoln County, in addition to the removal of any persons who perform non-Christian prayers.
“A Muslim? He comes in here to say a prayer, I’m going to tell him to leave. I have no use for (those) people. They don’t need to be here praying to Allah or whoever the hell they pray to. I’m not going to listen to (a) Muslim pray,” Mitchem said.
After the American Civil Liberties Union filed a suit against Rowan County for their Christian prayers in 2013, Judge James Beaty ruled in the ACLU’s favor, saying that the county violated the First Amendment by referencing “Jesus” and The Savior” in their prayers, Lincoln Times News reported.
Mitchem further elaborated on his beliefs, saying that he does not agree with current court decisions affecting individual beliefs throughout the nation.
“Changing rules on the way the United States was founded, Constitution was founded (I don’t like). I don’t need no Arab or Muslim or whoever telling me what to do or us here in the county what to do about praying. If they don’t like it, stay the hell away,” he told the Lincoln Times-News.
According to Pew Research, 73 percent of Americans identify themselves as Christian, nearly 20 percent are unaffiliated with any religion and six percent identify with other faiths. Just over two percent call themselves atheists.
After his remarks were made public, Mitchem spoke with local news station WBTV and further explained his beliefs.
“Other religions, or whatever, are in the minority. The U.S. was founded on Christianity. I don’t believe we need to be bowing to the minorities. The U.S. and the Constitution were founded on Christianity. This is what the majority of people believe in and it’s what I’m standing up for,” Mitchem said.
“We’re fighting Muslims every day," he continued. "I’m not saying they’re all bad. They believe in a different god than I do. If that’s what they want to do, that’s fine. But they don’t need to be telling us, as Christians, what we need to be doing. They don’t need to be rubbing our faces in it."
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