Wiccans object to Brown County supervisor's devil worship comment

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- Brown County Supervisor Patrick Evans wants to know if voters support prayer before the county board's meetings.

However, comments he made during a news conference have angered some Wiccans.

Evans is asking for a non-binding referendum on the November ballot, asking if the Christian-based invocation should continue.

In June, the supervisors voted to keep the prayer going, but Evans says some supervisors are against it.

"There are some supervisors that want to open it up to anybody who comes in. Somebody wants to pray to trees, then they want to come in and pray. If they are Wiccan, they pray to the devil, they want them to come in as well; so I support where we have it now, having it Christian based," said Evans.

Lady Liberty League, a group that supports civil rights and religious freedom for Wiccans and Pagans, objected to Evans' assertion that they worship "the devil."

Lady Liberty League Assistant Director Dianne Duggan provided this statement to Action 2 News:

"In response to Mr. Patrick Evans, Brown County Supervisor, comment about Wiccans praying to Satan — we want to take this opportunity to correct that misconception. Wiccans are followers of a Nature-based religious tradition that does not include Satan.

We take issue with Mr. Evans’ lack of correct information and his apparent demonizing religious practices that are different than his.

We suggest that Mr. Evans and any others who are misinformed become better educated and be more understanding about various world religions and the need to provide equal accommodation to all and by all in the public sector. In addition, it would be useful for any similarly-minded government representatives to become better versed in the separation of church and state within our country."

The last time the Brown County Board met, they approved an advisory referendum about marijuana use in the county.

To get on the November ballot, this new advisory referendum must be passed at the August meeting.

Evans is also a candidate for Green Bay Mayor.