Say no to Jesus
POSTED: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 6:41pm
UPDATED: Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 2:08pm
We'll end this week on the most outrageous thing i have ever seen.
Back when I was a kid in Sunday school, they use to tell us one day this would happen and as always they were right.
A North Carolina pastor was relieved of his duties as an honorary chaplain of the North Carolina state House of Representatives after he closed a prayer by invoking the name of Jesus.
The pastor, whose name is Ron Baity, says he "got fired."
The pastor of a baptist Church in Winston-Salem says He had been invited to lead prayer for an entire week.
Baity's troubles began in late May.
He said a House clerk asked to see his prayer before he read it.
The invocation including prayers for our military, state lawmakers and a petition to God asking him to bless North Carolina.
He says, "When I handed it to the lady, I watched her eyes and they immediately went right to the bottom of the page and the word Jesus," he told FOX News Radio.
"She said, 'We would prefer that you not use the name Jesus. We have some people here that can be offended.'"
When Baity protested, she brought the matter to the attention of House Speaker Joe Hackney.
"I told her I was highly offended when she asked me not to pray in the name of Jesus because that does constitute my faith," Baity said. "My faith requires that I pray in His name. The Bible is very clear."
When the clerk returned, Baity said he was told that he would be allowed to deliver the day's prayer - but after that - his services would no longer be needed.