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Published: Monday, May 20 2013 11:00 p.m. MDT

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george of the jungle
goshen, UT

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.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

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?

HS Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Steve C. Warren
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

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.

Shimlau
SAINT GEORGE, UT

"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 hurt you?

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

I pray they come up with a fair and respectful resolution.

the truth
Holladay, UT

@HS Fan

That 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.

tennerifa
Orem, UT

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 home/church?

ChristopherBlackwell
Deming, NM

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.

plainolamerican
Lebanon, TN

Religious myth has no place in our government.

The Good News!
As America becomes more secular myth believers will lose political power.

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