R. Rex Parris, the mayor of Lancaster, California (where I live) to a recent gathering of 160 people (local clergy and their spouses):
We’re growing a Christian community, and don’t let anybody shy away from that…I need (Lancaster community) standing up and saying we’re a Christian community, and we’re proud of that.
My wife and I are not a clergy couple, and we live in Lancaster too. We’re both agnostics, so I guess we’re out of the loop. Though we’ve lived here for a long time (in my case, probably longer than the mayor) neither my wife nor I were consulted before the mayor announced his sectarian vision for our city. I guess this makes us the village agnostics.
Jesus—at least the existentialist and doubting Jesus portrayed in the Gospel of Mark—has always been alright with me. The tightly wound Mayor Parris—certain he’s got the God question figured out not just for himself, but for the rest of us living in the Antelope Valley as well—not so much.