Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ocean City Prayer Breakfast Used Tax Dollars? // Extremist Jerry Boykin Event Sponsored by State Police & Area Governments

UPDATE: Maryland Juice is hearing behind the scenes that at least one of the entities listed on the door of the prayer breakfast is responding that their organization did not sponsor the event; rather individuals bought tickets with their own funds and sat together. Hmm.

This morning, Ocean City's Mayor held his annual "Prayer Breakfast," over the objections of hundreds of concerned vacationers. The Mayor's special guest, former General Jerry Boykin, is a well-documented extremist and homophobe. Though we hear the controversial speaker declined to repeat some of his more incendiary views at this morning's event -- a new problem is emerging. Even with General Boykin's muted remarks, this event still appears to be violating principles of Church & State separation.

An attendee forwarded Maryland Juice the following two photos of signs that were taped to the doors of the "Prayer Breakfast." The notices highlight the sponsors of the event, but they alarmingly list a number of governments and taxpayer-funded agencies.

A few troubling sponsors of the "Prayer Breakfast" are:
  • Maryland State Police
  • Worcester County Board of Education
  • Town of Berlin
  • Berlin Police Department
  • Ocean City Fire Department
  • Worcester County Jail
  • Worcester County State's Attorney

    See full images below:

    Of course, the Worcester County Republican Central Committee is also sponsoring the event, but I suppose that's neither here nor there. It may be time for some FOIA's and state investigation on this event!

    You can still email Ocean city officials using PFAW's tool, and also sign a petition registering your feelings about this.

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