Wiccan warlock gave invocation at Alabama city council

Huntsville, a historically Christian city in Alabama, with a population of 180,105, has gone Wiccan.
On November 6, 2014, the City Council of Huntsville, Alabama, had a warlock — a Wiccan priest named Blake Kirk — give the invocation at the start of its public meeting.

Warlock Blake Kirk gave invocation at Huntsville City Council meeting

Warlock Blake Kirk gave invocation at Huntsville City Council meeting


Brian Fraga reports for Aleteia that Kirk approached the podium to offer this prayer:

“O gentle goddess and loving god, we thank you for the beauties and the wonders of the day that you have given to us, and for the opportunity we have this evening to assemble here and work together to make Huntsville a better city for all its residents.”

The Huntsville City Council originally had asked warlock Kirk to give an invocation earlier in the summer, but rescinded the invitation after City Call received phone calls from alarmed citizens. Then, the city council changed course and re-invited the warlock because to exclude him would be “discriminatory.”
Although Huntsville, Alabama, historically has been a majority Christian town, like the rest of America, Huntsville residents are becoming less Christian. Recent surveys show that 25% of its residents adhere to non-Christian faiths, including paganism, or no religion.
Beginning in 2012, the the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) threatend to sue Huntsville if its City Council continued to have invocations that were predominantly given by Christian clergy. FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel said the U.S. Supreme Court has authorized public prayer at government meetings as long as they are open to members of all faiths — “That means they can’t deny atheists the right to come give a message, or satanists. They can’t deny a Wiccan to come give a prayer. Those are important things to us.”
So the Huntsville City Council, in order to ward off accusations of discrimination, asked the local Interfaith Mission Service (IMS) to assemble a rotating schedule of invocation speakers that include Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, even pagans and atheists.

Since when is atheism a religion?

Jeannie Robison, an Episcopal deacon and executive minister of the IMS, said the Huntsville City Council “asked IMS because we are a cooperative of congregations and individuals, and we keep tabs on the community’s religious landscape.”

See also “U.S. Episcopal Church is vicious toward its orthodox believers” and “What those Muslims were chanting at Washington National Cathedral” on America’s premier Episcopal church inviting Muslims to desecrate the Washington National Cathedral.

On Sept. 25, Kelly McCauley, a Huntsville resident and atheist who serves as a board member of the North Alabama Freethought Association, opened the Huntsville City Council’s meeting — the first atheist-led invocation at a government meeting in Alabama. McCauley quoted Thomas Jefferson and highlighted the virtues of wisdom, courage, justice and moderation. Despite his high-minded words, McCauley prefers that public prayers and invocations be done away with altogether: “My belief is that it doesn’t do any good. It doesn’t actually improve anything. And it does actually introduce a sense of divisiveness in the community.”
Seidel echoed McCauley’s position: “We think prayers are entirely unnecessary and divisive at city council chambers. There is absolutely no need for government to be engaging in these prayers.”
In recent months, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has called upon congressional leaders to withdraw their invitation to Pope Francis to address Congress when the Pope visits the United States in 2015. The foundation has also asked two mayors to cancel public plans to welcome the Pontiff, and has requested that congressional leaders hold public hearings into severing the United States’ ambassadorial ties with the Holy See.
Seidel actually mis-cited the U.S. Supreme Court. The court’s decisions on prayer at public government meetings did not impose mandatory diversity schemes where municipalities have to abide by quotas of Christian and non-Christian prayers as the Huntsville City Council is doing.
Brett Harvey, an attorney with the Christian public interest law firm Alliance Defending Freedom, explains: “The government identifies a neutral selection process, and the chips then fall where they fall. If you live in a community dominated by a particular religious perspective, the fact that most prayers would be consistent with that perspective doesn’t indicate that the town is favoring one over anybody else. It just reflects the demographics of the community.”
Harvey was a member of the legal team that defended the town of Greece, N.Y., against a lawsuit from two women who objected to the town’s practice of beginning legislative sessions with Christian prayers.  The case reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled 5-4 in May 2014 that the public prayers did not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Justice Anthony Kennedy said the prayers did not coerce participation by nonadherents, “By inviting ministers to serve as chaplains for the month, and welcoming them to the front of the room alongside civic leaders, the town is acknowledging the central place that religion, and religious institutions, hold in the lives of those present.”
Harvey also points to the fact that the courts have recognized the centuries-long tradition in the United States of invoking God at public government meetings. Congress has had a chaplain open its legislative sessions for more than 230 years. God is also invoked when the Supreme Court is called to order.
“It’s part of the tradition because it’s proven to be a benefit for public leaders to humble themselves and ask for divine guidance because they recognize that they may not have all the answers themselves,” said Harvey, who accused groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, and the American Civil Liberties Union of waging a campaign to silence public prayers. “If they can’t do that, then they want to impose some sort of obligation to censor public prayer,” Harvey said, adding that the Supreme Court’s rulings prohibit government leaders from censoring prayers or forcing people to give invocations from a perspective apart from their own religious understanding. “So the demands that prayers be purged of any sort of Christian content, or the argument that the government has an obligation to open up meetings to allow anyone and everyone the opportunity to take over the microphone, is simply not true. The Constitution nowhere requires that in any context.
John Buhler, the director of Mission Huntsville, a collaboration of local evangelical churches, said that whether people feel included or not can be a consideration when choosing who will give the invocation. He argued that the issue is not a constitutional matter in that that the Constitution does not require government bodies to seek out all possible religious perspectives for invocations. “If the Council believes it would be best to invite the wisdom, help and blessing of God, it has the right to include an invocation to whomever or whatever the Council believes can provide such. So for me the bigger issue here, and across the land, is whether what has led to this is really the Council’s choice, or if they have been forced to do this by some who say this is what’s required to be constitutional, which is absolutely not the case,” Buhler said.

Here’s contact info for the Huntsville City Council:

256-427-5011 Tel
256-427-5024 FAX

Address:
308 Fountain Circle
7th Floor
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Pearlie.Stamper@huntsvilleal.gov
Members:
District 1Richard Showers, Sr.
District 2Mark Russell, President
District 3Dr. Jennie Robinson
District 4Bill Kling, Jr.
District 5Will Culver

So when will the Huntsville City Council invite a satanist to give the invocation? Isn’t satanism a religion too?
You members of the City Council make me ill. svomit_100-121
~Eowyn

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  1. If you deny Christ on earth, Christ will deny you in heaven. I would’ve left the room or not be present at all because the simple act of their presence during his invocation gives credence to the “warlock’s” false god. Where are those who will stand for Christ?

     
  2. If athiest were chosen to offer the invocation–who would they pray to? If they don’t believe in any higher power??? A prayer before any meeting, should help to focus the minds of all present to the business that they are about to undertake. These fools need to be voted off the city council–I hope the citizens will take care of that matter in coming elections!

     
  3. Sounds like they already did the atheist thing,and he just quoted Thomas Jefferson regarding “wisdom,courage,justice and moderation”.
    Though I’d prefer they just continue the Christian prayer as they had for generations before,perhaps another more diplomatic remedy would be to give a 2 minute block of time where everyone could speak their own preference,quietly,to themselves-be it The Lords Prayer,their favorite passage from the Bible,a prayer or an invocation from whatever religion they’re involved with,or even a shopping list if they don’t have religion.That way everyone gets their fair representation before their Lord.

     
  4. It’s shocking to me that the Christian members of this council stood in the chambers while this follower of a Satanic cult regurgitated his BS. I would have walked out. I would rather offend some misguided people than God.

     
  5. well technically, the “wiccan” fellow is just a hop skip and secret handshake away from satanism, since both it, spyentology, and a satanic sect sprung from the same roots in crowley. (gardner was pals with crowley, hubbard was a fanboy of crowley, as was “jack” parsons, he, hubbard and his wife performed a satanic ritual.) For those who may not believe this claim, compare satanism’s favorite statement “do what you want (do what you will)” with the “wiccan rede” which also ends with “do what you want (do what ye will)”, just putting “harm none” before it.
    Mr. Kirk may mean well, and may believe he’s picked the right religion, but unfortunately he may not know his organization is born from the same vileness that brought forth spyentology, a sect of satanism, and the process neo-gnostic cult (itself a breakaway from spyentology, infamous for involvement in ritual rape/murders among other nasty things). Perhaps this is an invitation to pray for the fellow, and the town in question?

     
    • Thank you, Seumas. You are 100% correct:
      1. Gerald Gardner founded Wicca by combining an occult group, the Rosicrucian Order Crotona Fellowship, with ideas borrowed from Freemasonry, ceremonial magic and the writings of satanist Aleister Crowley.
      2. Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard met Jack Parsons, a rocket researcher and follower of Crowley, in 1945. The two tried to summon an “elemental,” i.e., a demon (supposedly Babalon, the supreme Thelemite Goddess), with a sex magic ritual. Scientology actually began as explicit science fiction written by Hubbard, which became Dianetics, a set of ideas and instructions for mental therapy. Hubbard, of course, never had any training in psychotherapy.

       
    • Over the years I have crossed paths with many pagans of various sorts, two high ranking wiccan priests and I have mixed it up in debates, then claiming wicca has nothing with Satanists because they only work good white majik (reminds me of the Wizard of Oz are you a good witch or a bad witch). They all claim satan does not exist but was made up by Christians to scare people
      they’ve also been harping on lord matraia coming soon and anyone , especially Christians must be cleansed from mother earth before the age of enlightenment can come
      I’m tired of debating with these yahoos and once said “yeah I agree to a point, the Bible goes ito detail about your lord matraia and age of enlightenment. Where I come from he’s called the antichrist and your paradise is really hell on earth before the true Christ returns.
      It takes them a while to quit laughing, which all goes to show you, can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink

       
  6. Going to hell in a hand basket poor stupid people !

     
  7. Michael g Rhoden

    Amen to that im lookn for help for what happened to me at dead children’s playground, i walked in to a witch trap up there that has about killed me for 3 yrs now, beware don’t walk in to a circle of rock’s on the ground its a trap from hell, a young boy and his girlfriend are doing this to people and are getting off on it, if anyone wants to talk to me about this please do im sure im not the only one this happened to. Theres alot more to this story to tell beware please! Michael G. Rhoden

     

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