The way I see it we all have expectations. What I expect from Them and what they
expect from me. Respect, for each others free agency. The 10 commandments Is the
basic expatiation, a few don't want it to be known.
I see no problem with starting meetings with a prayer.But, as noted
in the article, the problem starts when"city officials had asked
representatives of Christian denominations to offer those prayers, to the
exclusion of other faiths."Can anyone seriously argue that when
this happens, the constitution has been violated?Unless they let any and
every religion have an opportunity to say an opening prayer, problems will
arise.Especially in schools, doesn't it make more sense to
leave religion completely out of it?
Prayer has no place in public meetings. That's a slippery slope. When it
comes to the public's business, leave religon at the door.
I'm glad the Supreme Court will hear this. They will put an end to the
practice in many communities of having only Christian prayers. Plus, I suspect
their ruling might open the door to allowing prayers or observances that
aren't friendly toward Christianity. This will elicit a lot of squirming
from those who have heretofore enjoyed shoving Christian prayers down the
throats of everyone.The U.S. Supreme Court would be appalled to know
that in Utah, only leaders of the LDS Church are invited to pray in the
prominent opening-day sessions of the Legislature.
"We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates
of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship
how, where, or what they may." Joseph Smith Jr. I have never heard a
prayer in one of these meetings that denigrated another faith, be it Christian,
Moslem, Hindu, or any other religion. I personally think that our legislators,
including local, regional, or national, can use all the help they can get!
those of you that believe in a supreme being should be willing to ask for his
help, and those of you that don't, how have the prayers of the believers
I pray they come up with a fair and respectful resolution.
@HS FanThat is just utter nonsense.Religious speech and
expression is very much permitted and protected and belongs in the public square
as much any other form of expression or speech.
I wonder if the folks that like to have prayers in public meetings, install
cross memorials on public lands, and promote "In God We Trust" license
plates on cars, ever stop to wonder why they want their religious devotion made
public. Do they believe they will garner more brownie points in the afterlife
by making a public spectacle of their religious faith? Just what are they
hoping to gain by doing their alms in public, as opposed to the privacy of their
I am sure no one would mind if a Wiccan gave a prayer to the goddess and the
god, or a Muslim made one to Allah, perhaps a Satanist to Satan and a Buddhist
to Buddha. After all if they are members of you community they they should have
the same rights that the Christians do should they not? the problem when we talk
of prayers starting a government meeting and saying that it is okay is that
normally the person is assuming hat it will only be a Christian Prayer. Jesus
himself talked against making a public show of your piety. But if you allow one
religion then by the Constitution of the United States you must treat all other
religions exactly the same. Governments meetings are not suppose to show
preference of one religion over the other religions. The fact that they have
done it in the past does no make it right.I would suggest that everyone to their
own personal prayer in private before the meeting. Public prayer has never
affected corruption in government yet.
Religious myth has no place in our government.The Good News!As
America becomes more secular myth believers will lose political power.