POSTED: Monday, October 8, 2012 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Monday, October 8, 2012 - 11:14am
HAWKINS, TX — An East Texas man who filed a federal lawsuit against Wood County over the practice of opening commissioners court meetings with prayer is anything but an atheist. Charles Frederick Scott III considers himself a godly man and studies the Bible religiously.
He has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, seeking removal of the motto “In God We Trust” from the Wood County commissioners courtroom and to forbid opening meetings with prayer. The lawsuit alleges the county is violating the U.S. Constitution.
“I am just as much a confirmed, committed, conservative Christian as anybody else, and more so than most because I have looked into the book,” Scott said.
The retired pastor said he has lived in his home north of Hawkins with his wife and daughter without a job for 25 years, surviving off his land. They grow crops and raise birds — chickens and pigeons — for food. They use solar panels to power a light bulb, fan and TV to watch the nightly news.
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