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Prayer at Public Meetings Lawsuits Continue Across the Country

By Jessica Gresko
Posted: November 21, 2012.
Published: November 21, 2012.

Print: The Huffington Post

It happens every week at meetings in towns, counties and cities across the U.S. But citizens are increasingly taking issue with public prayers before civil meetings.

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Ah yes, the argument arises that we should all beseech an imaginary diety prior to a public gathering (city councils, legislative meetings, graduations, etc) because of “tradition.”  This “tradition” argument makes no sense.  Suppose for the sake of argument that my community’s tradition is that before each such gathering everyone in the place picks their nose as a gesture of goodwill and purification.  Would we all think this is a good idea because of “tradition”?  Of course not.  (Not only is it unsanitary, and I wouldn’t want to shake hands with anyone afterwards—for obvious reasons, but it would do as much good as praying.)

Using the “tradition” argument to attempt to force everyone in the room to look stupid and be oppressed is antiquated and illogical.  Ooops -  is someone calling religious folks illogical?

posted on November 26, 2012
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What’s worse, though, is the Delaware council pres. who says it makes him feel better to ask a higher power for some guidance in his decision making process. Really? How about using your common sense and experience. No need to drag any mythical beings into the conversation.

posted on November 29, 2012
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Prayer before city council meetings and all government meetings in general make it seem that the wrong people are in office. They are there for their supposed wisdom, knowledge and abilities. If they have to pray for guidance, what are we paying them for?  If they are not fit and need extra help they should resign, or if they feel a need to pray, let them do it on their own time!  There must be no prayers on government time.  Don’t use anyone’s taxes for prayer.  It is not fair to those not represented.

posted on December 22, 2012
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Comments are now only able to be seen by administrators and the folk who wrote them, so use them frleey to discuss possible page changes, etc.You guys rock! <3

posted on January 3, 2013
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