In my post "Somebody talk me down," I wrote about (among other things) the article referenced below, vehemently agreeing with the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, who said, “A town council meeting is not like a church service, and it shouldn’t be treated like it is.”
And with that, here are more Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:
Letting someone open a town council's meeting with a prayer doesn't amount to government endorsement of his religion? As an attorney, I feel that any court inclined to uphold such prayer should consider these questions:
Will the council abide prayers reflecting the full variety of beliefs held by the town's residents? Are such prayers to be allotted pro-rata, per the adherents' respective populations? If the town's religious plurality shifts, say, from Christian to Islamic, will imams then supplant pastors?
Avoiding endorsement of religion while permitting prayer in government meetings seems all but impossible. So we should pray that the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a lower court's well-considered ruling.
The Obama administration and congressional Republicans have asked the Supreme Court to allow prayers before government meetings. Did any of them think to ask Him (also supreme) whether He even wants to be there?
In 2009 I attended a healthcare reform town hall in Alhambra. Hordes of loud "tea party" activists descended on the city and attempted to sabotage the meeting. They tried to drown out the panel by incessantly shouting vitriol, mainly directed at President Obama. It was ugly, and I actually became nauseated.
Trust me on this one: The Lord would have said, "I'm outta here, folks."
Ramona Salinas Saenz