Almost six years ago, Al Bedrosian penned an essay in this newspaper that a number of readers viewed as a statement of Christian jihad.
He kicked it off by declaring religious freedom in America was a hoax “on our Christian nation.” And that the founding fathers never intended protections for other faiths such as Muslims or Hindus.
The essay concluded: “The real battle is keeping the name of Jesus as Lord. The name Jesus is what makes us a Christian people and a Christian nation. This is why we must continue our heritage as a Christian nation and remove all other gods.”
This year, the married father of five is making his fourth run for public office, as the GOP nominee for Roanoke County supervisor from the Hollins District.
One of the reasons he’s running is to overturn a policy the Board of Supervisors adopted last year that encourages non-sectarian prayers to open its meetings. Others are to cut county spending, reduce its debt and stop the Vinton Library project.
In view of the first of those, it seemed apropos to give Bedrosian the chance to walk back the eyebrow-raising lines above and some of the other things he wrote in that 2007 op-ed piece. Over the last 10 days or so we had a couple of lengthy conversations.
Though he initially said of the essay, “the premise was to be a little provocative,” it seemed clear from our conversation that there’s little he would change today.
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