Enforcing God’s Law in Anderson County


John Skipper was sworn in as Anderson County’s new Sheriff this past Saturday January 3rd, 2009. Skipper took his oath of office during a ceremony in front of 500 people at the Concord Baptist Church.  Don Cox, the pastor of the church administered the oath to the new Sheriff and had this to say to the Sheriff and the other law enforcement officials in attendance:

“Remember, you are regulated by God to do good work on behalf of the people. Do not exceed the boundary lines of your authority. Do not enrich yourselves at the expense of the people. Ultimately, what matters isn’t popular opinion, but (rather) what God thinks of the job you are doing.”

What if the public thinks he is doing a great job, but God thinks he is doing a shitty job?  Does the Skipper then have to reverse course to erode his popularity among the citizens/voters in his county?  Who will tell the Skipper that God thinks he is doing a bad job?  Will it be God himself ?  Will it be Pastor Cox?  Can an Atheist or Jew tell him?

It’s hard to call this some isolated backwoods South Carolina non-sense, when in 14 days the President-Elect is going to be sworn in on a Christian bible in a ceremony that is going to include an invocation and a benediction.  Obama’s ceremony is going to be held in a public setting, not in a church, but I’m having a hard time deciding which one is worse.  


Thanks for the link Shawn.


3 Responses to “Enforcing God’s Law in Anderson County”

  1. Eh, religious fawning doesn’t bother me at all as long as they can do their damned jobs. These rituals are pointless and (in obama’s case) pandering. I’d prefer that people focus on more important things, like how people are going to act after they get into office.

  2. Past performance provides clues to future performance. Demonstrating disdain for the Constitution doesn’t bode well.

    If Skipper agrees with his pastor, then he owes his allegiance to the invisible cloud being, not the people of Anderson County.

    It leads me to doubt the integrity and competence of the sheriff.

  3. It adds insult to injury by not only holding the ceremony in a church instead of, oh, I don’t know, maybe a court room or spare conference room or even a school cafeteria and then having a pastor oversee the event instead of judge or fellow officer.
    Everyone has their right to their beliefs but I see no place for this secularism in an elected officials position. Imagine the outcry if a jewish commissioner were to hold their ceremony in a synagogue!

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