At least they talked about it
I read an interesting article in the Times concerning prayer at the City of Gainesville council meetings. While the posers (yea, I said it) seem to want separation between church and state, they seem to be rather confused as to why. Several of them think that the separation of church and state is in our constitution; well, I reread the constitution and I just don’t see it.
The closest thing you can find in our U.S. constitution is in the First Amendment where it says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The atheists have been making an assault on this ever since. In 1947 the first successful case was brought to the U.S. Supreme court in Everson v. Board of Education. This is where the justices unanimously said that the Constitution required a sharp separation between church and government and thus became the beginning of the assault on prayer in schools.
Now, I must admit that I am just a little better than a C&E Christian, but it is only because I also go to church on Mother’s day. From what I know, our governments need help, and it wouldn’t hurt if they asked YHWH-jireh, Jesus Christ, Mohammad, Budda, or something else. The fact is: the vast majority of us believe in a God, so why wouldn’t we ask for guidance at our meetings?
While I digress, I must admit that I am happy that there has at least been discussion; well at least there was in Gainesville. I went and looked at some of the communities in our area to see if they still do an invocation. I have been told that almost all of them do with the exception of the City of Flowery Branch. When I asked a former Mayor of Flowery Branch when they stopped doing invocations, his response was he thought they still were. In spot checking several of the agendas (they are online back to 2008), it appears that invocations were being given up to April of 2010, then no longer. It seems like this was about the time that Mayor Hirling retired to Florida and Lutz left for County Commission. Nowhere did I find the same kind of discussion in Flowery Branch that they had in Gainesville.
I think the question of prayer or not to prayer is important and I commend the City of Gainesville for taking up the discussion, unlike Flowery Branch who just buried the question under the rug.
Hugh Hall County Akston