PAHOKEE—Pahokee residents, church members, and pastors are outraged over an upcoming event at the Lake Okeechobee Resort and Marina. The marina will be hosting its first Lake Okeechobee Summer Solstice Festival – a program that organizers hope will become an annual event. Pastors from various churches in Pahokee attended Tuesday night’s city commission meeting to express disappointment in city leaders for allowing the event to come to Pahokee. The crowd cheered in agreement as, one-by-one, pastors from around the area admonished city officials for allowing festivals containing witchcraft and occult practices into the city.
“I just found out about this today. I am disappointed in the city of Pahokee for allowing this group to come,” said Pastor Brad Smith, Florida Director of Kids for Christ. Smith called the event “an abomination”.
…The line of speakers from Pahokee, a city with a high concentration of local churches, seemed endless.
“We are opening ourselves up to things we should not, like belly dancing and magic spells,” said Daniel Mondragon. “We do not welcome these things…”
The Middle Ages live on. And they are not going away any time soon.
“We don’t want magic spells here,” said the man who then proceeded to pray about his concerns.
If my church had belly dancing, I might have stuck around.
Where can I sign up?
No they are not. Demographics of Pahokee–13.6% non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black 56.0%, Hispanic 29.5%, 15.2% “other races” (mostly can be lumped in with Hispanics). Nearly 40% of the population is under the age of 18.