This isn’t exactly breaking news,nor is it new that the ACLU is in the headlines. But,the long-common religious and spiritual traditions often found in official proceedings in many local public forums is subject to the scrutinizing eye of the American Civil Liberties Union
If you are a left wing radical apposed to prayer in a public forum or even PDR (public display of religion), jump ship now because you are bound to be offended. Maybe I’ll be offended by you being offended.
Coming from Big City Dallas, even back in 2001, prayer had long been banned from public events such as graduation ceremonies or public meetings. Even though I wasn’t as religious as I am now, I found great comfort when a prayer was said at the opening of my graduation ceremony in 2004. Even as recently as the ground-breaking of the new Airport a prayer was heard at the opening of the ceremony. I continue to find great comfort that amidst the much local and political turmoil and opposition, we all still seem to agree that this country was founded on the very freedom that we would never have had if it were not for the good graces from our Heavenly Father above.
Of all the founding principles, the freedom of religion was the determinative difference between our great nation and the other nations of the world. Today, people flock to our country from around the world to enjoy this great freedom – the freedom to worship how we choose, or not worship at all.
Public thanks to our Heavenly Father is a decision that, I beleive, should be made at a local level. I beleive that if the majority want it, they should have it. Through public prayer, local officials are not forcing others into their dogmatic practices. Contrary, those not wishing to hear the prayer should not force those of us that DO want to hear it, not to. If it is discriminatory for us to pray in public meetings, then by that same definition, it is discriminatory to be told that we cannot pray.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, this article was actuated by the ACLU suing the Santa Rosa School District because 2 students were inconvenienced by a prayer during a graduation ceremony.
If you don’t beleive there is a God, that’s cool with me. I’ve been there in my life, I can relate. However, I know the truth now, but I respect your belief and your right to beleive what you do. If I ask you to be quite while I say a quick prayer for something, I wouldn’t ask you to expect anything different form me in observance of whatever it is that you choose to observe. This is the common courtesy and respect for others that I was taught growing up. Simple principle, really.
I find it highly discriminatory that an organization can interject itself and force the majority based on a very small minority. Now, I should say, I understand the fundamental foundation here. I understand that organizations such as the ACLU were created to protect minorities from being harmed or oppressed. I get that, but in many cases their influence is taken much too far.
When the majority believes in God and the majority supports prayer in public forums, why isn’t there a group that sues in protection of these rights? Why does everyone sit back and just watch our Civil Liberties be stripped away from us? We are not forcing anyone to conform to beleifs – we are free to choose for ourselves. I’m just as much offended by your lack of religion as you are of my display of religion, but I don’t call my lawyer when I see your Atheism Rocks bumper sticker, or Lick a Witch t-shirt.
civ·il ?si-v?l adj 1: relating to citizens
lib·er·ty ?li-b?r-t? 1: quality or state of being free