Prayer At Government Meetings, Just No!
This is not in response to anything in particular, just a thought that struck me today.
It used to be, back when I was a fundamentalist Christian, that I could understand why people want to pray before everything they do. They actually believe that there is a god, that this god is the god they believe in, and that this god gives a shit about council meetings.
These are three things that they can NOT prove to be true.
The act of praying before government meetings then can only have a couple of purposes.
- These people believe the three things they can never prove
- They want or need for others to see them praying in public
- They want or need their government to be their religion (theocracy)
None of these things have anything at all to do with public policy or how the city (or whatever) government actually works. There is no room for gods in government if that government supports religious freedom.
For the Christians who might be reading this:
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. …
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.
Essentially such public prayer accomplishes nothing but aggravating the god of Abraham and alienating those who do not belong to your sect of blind faith.
If you are unable to execute the duties of your office without the help of an imaginary friend, why do you not recuse yourself and step down from office so that other, more qualified persons can take over and serve the constituents faithfully?
What is your excuse for not doing so already?
Does anyone know some valid reason why they insist on doing this unconstitutional act?