Deborah Maynard, a Wiccan priestess, gave the invocation to the Iowa House of Representatives today and it didn’t go over well with some lawmakers and ‘Christians’.
A number of Christian lawmakers didn’t attend the opening ceremony to protest the priestess’ historic invocation.
Others, like State Rep. Rob Taylor (R-Iowa), turned their backs during the priestess’ prayer. Taylor said he asked himself “What would Jesus do?” and decided Jesus would “be in the presence of a prayer, but peacefully protest.” He added that “everyone has the right to come into our chamber – it is the people’s chamber – and pray and she did and this was the way for me to peacefully protest.”
Members of the Fort Des Moines Church of Christ organized prayers outside the Capitol. “We feel that this is completely out of sync with the traditions of our state and our nation to seek guidance from the occult. We believe it is just not a good idea,” said their Pastor Demastus, according to the Des Moines Register.
Taylor said he prayed and asked, “What would Jesus do?” So, he decided to “be in the presence of a prayer, but peacefully protest” by turning his back.
He admitted later that he did not turn his back during Islamic and Jewish prayers.
“Jesus would be in the chamber, from my perspective, he would passively protest. Then he would seek that individual out and have peaceful conversation about why his way was the best way,” the lawmaker said. “Everyone has the right to come into our chamber — it is the people’s chamber — and pray and she did and this was the way for me to peacefully protest.”
Some Christians attended the prayer because they believed it would counteract demonic spirits.
“I was praying for her salvation,” Pastor Michael Demastus recalled. “I was praying that she would come to know the one true God… “I believe that the occult is dark. I do believe that’s not the place to see guidance from, so I was not praying against her. I was praying against what she was doing.”
“I don’t want any demonic influences on the people who are making decisions on our behalf,” Michelle Gute said. “I was not praying with her.”
“I was praying the opposite. Our country was founded on godly principles, not goddesses and whoever she was praying to,” Gute added.
Alan at Liberaland asks, “So you want freedom for all religions, or just yours?”
Ooo pick me, pick me! I know the answer.
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