This is a no brainer. Even a 6th grader would knows that what this town is doing
For Christians to insist that a government meeting begin with prayer makes about
as much sense as for non-Christians to insist that a church meeting begin with
some secular recitation.West Valley City gets it right. They begin
their meetings with an opening exercise in which council members take their
turn. They may choose to present a quotable quote, poetry, the Pledge, a prayer,
a moment of silence, etc. It's up to the individual and it's free
speech.If Christians would start acting a little more like
Christians, maybe we could stop fighting over these church-state issues.
According to the founding fathers it is s quite constitutional, according to how
they practiced the first amendment. It is not the government
praying, it is a person. The people are free to exercise their religion even in
public places.It is congress that must not abridge that freedom,
interfere in exercise, nor play favorites.Why does the extreme left
want the federal government micromanage every free community, AGAINST the
constitution?It is all about control, and destruction of freedom and
the institutionalized distrust of freedom of the people.
@the truth"It is not the government praying, it is a
person."The government IS people. When people convene in a
governmental capacity, they are obligated to follow the secular laws so they are
serving everyone. Superimposing their religious beliefs on top of this
doesn't make them anything but tone deaf to those in the community that
believe differently than they do.
@Karen R.Irrelevant.They are not obligated to follow any
SECULAR law, just the LAW, and there is no law against public prayer and the
congress can not make one. The founding fathers had public prayer, it is not
unconstitutional And your last point is also irrelevant.
@the truth: You are right, there are no laws against public prayer.
There are, however, laws against public officials, acting in a public capacity,
acting in a way that seems to endorse a particular religion. You
support their prayer as a constitutional right. Do you support that right for
others, as well? Would you support a Wiccan opening the meeting with a prayer to
Goddess? Or a Muslim praying to Allah? Or member of the Asartu praying to the
Norse pantheon? These are all legally recognized religious groups in America.
Would you defend their right to open the meeting?