Roanoke County supervisors clarified the board’s invocation policy, but that doesn’t clear up constitutional murkiness.
Roanoke County supervisors wanted a written policy that preserved the invocation at the start of their meetings, yet avoided constitutional challenge by residents of minority religious faiths — or no faith at all.
Tuesday, the board passed a policy that casts a wide net of inclusivity to religious congregations in the county and surrounding localities. And it further states, “Any private citizen, including those who do not belong to a religious congregation,” can be scheduled merely by asking.
And citizens “who hold no religious beliefs”? The board deleted that phrase, at the recommendation of the county attorney, for fear of opening the floor to people who’d want to make a mockery of the beliefs of others.
A fear greater, it seems, than fear of a court fight.