A Counter Insurgency on Crooked Creek…

Members of a local church have been protesting the Bollinger County Fraternal Order of Eagles since last September.

Since September , 2011 members of a local Baptist Church have been holding a weekly prayer meeting for the City of Marble Hill. The controversy surrounds the church’s location and time of the week that they chose for their meetings.

Every Thursday night church members meet in front of the Bollinger County F.O.E. chapter.

 Thursday just happens to be ladies night, traditionally one of the busiest nights  of the week for the club. 

 In the interest of full disclosure I must admit that I myself am a member of the local F.O.E. chapter and have witnessed the “meetings” first hand. Many members of the local club feel that the timing of when the “prayer meetings” first started coincide with a time in which the local F.O.E. club was in the midst of a power struggle.  One faction accusing the other of wrong-doing and the mis-handling of funds, which finally culminated in an investigation by the national F.O.E. leadership, who, found nothing out-of-order and everything above-board thus ending the controversy, and with it, the power struggle.

 It was shortly after the investigation that the church started their weekly “meetings” in front of the club prompting some members to believe that they were prodded to do so by former members of the club who were not happy with the investigation.

 On  Thursday July 12th, 2012 I was driving home from work and saw members of the church faithfully standing on the Hwy 34 right of way as they do every Thursday night.  It was time, I felt, to seek answers. Pulling into the drive, I exited my Jeep and buzzed into the club and asked for a beer sign. Upon doing so I walked back outside to embark on a great American experiment known as Free Speech.

Approaching the three church members, I offered a friendly “Howdy” along with a request that I hoped that “they didn’t mind if I stood beside them and exercised my “1’st Amendment privileges”.  This brought a rather irritated look from one of the female protesters. We made brief conversation about the weather and normal small town subjects until it ended with an awkward pause and they broke off into private conversation, and I settled down in my seat with my beer sign and lit up a Marlboro Light.

 This went on for about 45 minutes when the female protestor stated, “As long as you’ve joined us would you like to pray for our community?” I responded with, “No Thank You, but I’ve got a deal for you” The female protestor went from nice to officially offended in 2 seconds, gritting her teeth and informing me that she didn’t “make deals”.

Taking a drag off of my Marlboro I responded by telling her that her response was not very “open-minded”.  One of the male protestors asked what kind of deal I was offering and I stated that if they wished to move the meeting to City Hall and ask that God exerts his authority over our crooked City government who robs the elderly and the poor I would join them.

The female instantly flew into a tirade stating that “You people, have already decided what we are about. We pray for everyone in the county, the preachers, the Sheriff, the City. We’re not here to condemn any business or anybody!”

Studying her reactions I slowly took another drag from my smoke and said, ” Well it sure kind of seems that way.  Your members told a Catholic friend of mine she was going to hell when she tried to talk to you” The female protestor went into  a passionate defense and denial of the accusation. What could I do but bid her good evening, and tell them I would see them next Thursday?- Editor

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I am just an average blue collar American who works hard and tries to be a good dad. I have a passion for history, music and freedom.

6 Responses to “A Counter Insurgency on Crooked Creek…”

  1. You gotta fight. For your right. To drink Beast Light.

  2. That’s pretty funny! Good for you! Nothing like exercising you 1st amendment rights. Lol!


  3. Couldn’t you have found a different sign? Milwaukee’s Best? Really?! Shinerbock is a much better choice, as far as domestics go! Either way, I’m rootin’ for you man.

  4. Dear Editor,

    To be truly unbiased and independent, then perhaps you should have had someone who is not an Eagles Club member do your experiment and write this article for you.

    By the way, the people who are at the prayer meeting are not from the same church nor are they even from the same denominations. They are from different types of churches. However, regardless of what church they attend, just as you have the right to sit in a public spot on the sidewalk holding a beer sign, they have the right to meet in a public place and have a prayer meeting.

    The First Amendment gives the rights not only to freedom of speech and religion, but also of assembly.

    “First Amendment: An Overview

    The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference. See U.S. Const. amend. I. Freedom of expression consists of the rights to freedom of speech, press, assembly and to petition the government for a redress of grievances, and the implied rights of association and belief. (Legal Information Institute. Cornell University Law School. {http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/first_amendment} Posted August 19, 2010, 5:27 pm, Viewed on August 4, 2012, 11:51 pm.)”

    They have just as much right to be there as anyone. I have never seen a protest sign. The only words that I have EVER read on their signs have been “PRAYING FOR OUR COMMUNITY”. If a few people praying for my hometown is considered protesting, then I think that the definition of the word protest should be brought into light.

    According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary {http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protesting}, the definition of protesting is as follows,

    “Definition of PROTEST
    transitive verb
    : to make solemn declaration or affirmation of
    : to execute or have executed a formal protest against (as a bill or note)
    : to make a statement or gesture in objection to (viewed August 4, 2012 at 11:58 pm)”.

    The location of the prayer meeting is public property and they have a right to be there, just as you do. In my honest opinion, our town, county, and country needs as much positive influences as possible.

    As for the praying people telling your Catholic friend that she was going to hell, I can tell you that is farce. I was there the night that she came out and spoke with the prayer group. What was said was not that she was going to hell, but that according to the Holy Bible, in John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (King James Version).”

    We invited her to pray with us, just as you were invited to. She said that she would bring her rosary the following week so that she could pray with the group. She did not and has not returned to pray with us.

    As for the prayer group being involved with the Eagles members, I can assure you that the only contact that we have had with members (past or present) is when they have approached us while we have been on the pavement praying. We had no idea that the club had been investigated for wrong doing. The location for the prayer group was chosen on that spot because it is the center of town. To go anywhere in Marble Hill, a person must cross the Crooked Creek bridge. Finally, the night chosen fro the prayer meeting is Thursday night, which happens to be one of the busiest nights in Marble Hill an least likely to interfere with regular local church meetings.

    If you or anyone has any questions or comments that they would like to voice, please feel free to come to the patch of pavement on the Old Lutesville side of the Crooked Creek Bridge on Thursday night.

    Thank you.


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