City Officer Asked To Stop Reading Bible Verses At Meetings.     Posted Tues. Eve., July 11, 2017

DELTONA, Fla. – Residents and a separation of church and state group recently asked a Deltona commissioner to stop reading Bible verses at city meetings.

“I’m not trying to convert anyone. I’m not trying to force religion down anyone’s throats,” said Christopher Alcantara (pic above).

City Commissioner Alcantara said reading scripture has been part of his routine since taking office in November.

“When I see something that talks to my heart and I feel that others should hear it, I share it in meeting. I don’t expound on it. I just read it and move on,” he said.

A Deltona resident sent an email June 20 to the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, complaining that Alcantara reading from the Bible, has nothing to do with the city’s agenda.

“I personally believe this was politically motivated because the same individual has criticized me since I got elected. I’ve been doing it since November but now he wants to complain about it because, in my opinion, the others things haven’t really stuck,” said Alcantara.

The city received a letter from AU, requesting Alcantara to stop citing scriptures and to respond within 30 days on how it’ll address the issue.

“We write to inform you that government officials reading from the Bible or offering other proselytizing comments to the audience during a governmental meeting violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and to ask that Commissioner Alcantara stop doing this,” read the letter from Americans United.

“When I saw it, I kind of, to be honest, chuckled. I didn’t think much of it,” Alcantara said.

The city ended up defending Alcantara. In a letter to AU, it stated the commissioner is not asking for participation, rather exercising his First Amendment right.

“Engaging in the recitation of Biblical verse during a public meeting is not in and of itself enough for an Establishment Clause violation,” according to the letter from the city.

“I’m not doing this for man. I’m doing this for God. Do I listen to man or do I listen to what God put in my heart? I’m going to listen to what God put in my heart to do,” said Alcantara.

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About ron abbass

Because of my last name, there are some who might think I'm a Muslim. I'm an older student of the bible and I regard myself as Christian-other. That is, I was baptized in a Torah-keeping assembly. I'm one who tries his best to follow Yayshua, the Messiah (Christ) by keeping the commandments, the dietary laws, the weekly Sabbath and the annual Sabbaths (Holy Days) instituted and ordained by the great I AM, the Creator-God of Israel. I reject the holidays and festivals invented by the Roman church. Truth-seeking is my present passion. Presently, I do a lot of research into the World Wars, the mass media, the Holocaust, Zionism, Health Issues, 9/11 and the power brokers who are behind the New World Order that is gradually being established mainly in the Western Nations. Many prognosticators (prophets) both secular and religious are warning us that we are living "On the Eve of Destruction" - the last days. There's a very good chance a nuclear tsunami will eventually visit many nations. Peace and blessings to all who love the truth and hate the lies.
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