A Florida Pagan caused quite a stir after he was invited to come lead the Escambia County Commission on Thursday. David Suhor, a self-described Agnostic Pagan Pantheist who worships nature, was allowed by law to give an invocation. Commissioner Wilson Robertson was so offended that he walked out.
“People may not realize it,” Robertson said. “But when we invite someone, a minister to pray, they are praying for the county commissioners, for us to make wise decisions and I’m just not going to have a pagan or satanic minister pray for me.”
Suhor claims that he just wanted “other people to experience what it’s like when I go to a meeting and am asked to pray against my conscience. The boards have had prayers and they’ve been almost exclusively of the majority religion, so I wanted to offer an alternative.”
The Pagan seems to be a fairly clever prankster, however, and not a devout religionist. “I think they should not be offering a prayer or sponsoring a prayer of any particular religion instead,” Suhor said. “I think they should have an more exclusive moment of silence which allows anyone to pray according to their own conscience.”
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