"It is proselytizing to atheists whenever a deity is given official recognition by a government body."

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Today's Los Angeles Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Prayers in public offices," Editorial, May 21

As a 75-year-old taxpaying citizen who has served in the U.S. Army, and as an avowed atheist, I take issue with any manifestation of religion in any government office or proceeding. I keep my thoughts about religion to myself; is it asking believers too much to do the same?

If those who are devotees of any deity wish to be publicly acknowledged, then why not have a moment of silence for reflection without any specific reference to religion? Those who have a god could still pray, while others could contemplate as they choose.

It is proselytizing to atheists whenever a deity is given official recognition by a government body. Reverse this practice, or allow messages disavowing religions to be spoken.

Maurice Sparks

Los Angeles

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  • http://twitter.com/Aqua_Buddah Jason Rowe

    But...but... How will God know how superawesomelyterrific we are for believing, if we don't incessantly say we believe???? Huh????????????????