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Published: Monday, Jan. 21 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Your religion has no place in my government.

RedWings
CLEARFIELD, UT

Pagan - Your government has no place in my religion

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Since when did the clergy have the corner on prayer?

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

A government without religion has no place in my country.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Lol.

Ok.

Tell me how my government is in your religion?

And no, accepting my tax dollars to help fund your religion apparently does not count.

Free Agency
Salt Lake City, UT

As a gay man, I've made this point before regarding, e.g., Giglio. But I think it bears repeating.

Gays are *not* looking for conservative Christians (or anyone else) to approve of gay relationships. it's a free country. and we accept everyone's right to say what they believe.

What we *won't* accept, and continually fight against, is anyone's using inflammatory language toward us (or toward any other group of productive, law-abiding Americans).

It's one thing to say, "I don't believe God accepts homosexuality." Fine, no problem.

It's quite another to call us "an abomination" (Giglio) or "similar to incest and pedophilia" (Warren).

So, no, we're not trying to push traditional Christians off the stage. But we refuse to let ourselves be cast by them (or by anyone else) as demons. We've been subjected to too much violence already because of that.

No more.

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

"Christian conservatives are asking what these choices say about their place in broader society. Does their absence from the inaugural podium mean they're being pushed out of public life?"

I certainly hope so! Self-important self-righteousness is what causes so many Utahns to display their ugly unpatriotic ranting. Keep your religious beliefs OUT of my face. I don't care how "christian" you are, screaming foul doesn't convince me at all.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

My entire life I've heard prayers delivered by non-clergy. Why is it an issue?

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

I love the choice of Mrs. Evers-Williams as choice to do a prayer. On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and being a survivor of her own husband being killed at the hands of racists, her having hope in our country and God makes her more than an appropriate choice for this duty. My own faith believes in a lay clergy and it isn't necessary for "clergy" to have to say a prayer, any prayer or this prayer.

Janet
Ontario, OR

On this day we who are religious should be grateful that the president chose to say, "So help me God" when taking the oath of office. We should be grateful for the prayers in inaugural events. Who cares who said them? I can't see how someone else's ecumenical prayer ever hurt an athiest; no one is being coerced into saying "Amen."

xscribe
Colorado Springs, CO

A government without religion is exactly what we need!

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

To keep government out of religion, keep religion out of government.

SS
MiddleofNowhere, Utah

All of you objecting to religion should read a little about history. Maybe the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. Go read a history book. This country was founded on Christian principles and wouldn't be the same country today without them. If you don't like it you are free to leave. It's your God given right!

hmataele
West Valley City, 00

On a day when we celebrate a group of people changing our country for the better through protests, we must also remember it is also Christian principle to do so. The founding fathers welcomed protests and assembly and free speech its in the constitution. If you don't like it do something, run for office, get an initiative, write your representative, protest, Don't just leave, make a change.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

To SS...

***Principles not religion. Big difference.
***You and your ilk w/ the conform or leave diatribe are getting old.

mattrick78
Cedar City, UT

The widow of slain civil rights hero isn't allowed to pray? It is one prayer out of millions that will be offered this day. Some people need to get over it.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

As much as a significant volume of evangelicals and Utahns have shunned all things Obama, I wish to point out that he has shown himself to value religion time and time again. All the associations he has had have been way too dissected to represent everything Obama is at his core, catering to negative views some conservatives wish for him to have for condemnation.

Differing opinions is not a negative. I understand that. Hopefully they will be sustained in a democratic tradition, one outside of unreasonable one sided opposition, which is not constructive in a democracy in my view.

We can support our president and still oppose him at times. It's not that complicated. Respecting Obama's efforts as president is all together different than inductively objecting everything Obama does as communist before legitimate examination.

President Obama loves this country, and buying into cable news slanderous propaganda aimed on making him non-American and socialist at every turn are very dogmatically paranoid and unfair. Be not like a delusional Glenn Beck, and see things in a fair and balanced way (NOT Fox News definition).

Pac_Man
Pittsburgh, PA

Even as a Christian, I don't understand why people think this country was "founded on Christian principles."

What does that mean exactly? The country was founded on a system of government that does not exist in the Bible or any scripture. Nor are there are not ethereal principles inherent in this country's founding that are distinctive Christian.

Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

With the endorsement of the LGBT by Obama, has started the downfall of this country. We do need religion in Government. A country without religion in Government will slowly and completely waste away. The Constitution of this country, a divine document is on the verge of hanging by a thread by the incompetence of this individual who calls himself a President.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Many of you may be unaware that there are some religious faiths who keep their churches open all of the time. For example, Catholics may go to Mass every day and pray at their Catholic Church throughout most of the day.
Possibly some people may find this helpful in their lives? One could investigate. Possibly this could be initiated at their church?
Those who have a great need for prayer to be just the way they choose, by a special person they select, and at a place they find to their liking.....
Could that solve the conundrum?

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