|To the Editor: Elected officials need to avoid any ‘National Day of Prayer’ activities|
|Written by Lloyd A. Jones|
|Wednesday, 20 June 2012 10:14|
This writer sincerely hopes our elected officials will, in the future, refrain from participating in the National Day of Prayer. They are elected to represent us all, non-believers, quasi-believers and those who believe in sky-gods, first-cause gods or whatever.
Quite simply such participation is a violation of the first Amendment of our Constitution, especially since the activities almost uniformly support our religious viewpoint. Across our country, when challenged in court, similar public participation has been ruled a Constitutional violation. Therefore, when our congressional or state representatives, commissioners, sheriff and other elected officials gather on our courthouse lawn to officially demonstrate their piety, they are in violation of our constitution regarding the separation of church and state. Most public gatherings, for example, school boards, graduations, town councils and others, seem informed and leave prayer to individual choice and privacy as it should be.
The letter of May 30, 2012 demonstrates precisely the sort of bigotry which will result if religious practices occur at a public site with apparent sanction by elected personnel. The May 30 writer was very offended by what seemed a minimal attempt by our sheriff to be religiously inclusive. The writer took offense regarding whose or which god was referred to by the sheriff! The argument about our true god, false god or multiple gods will never be settled since absolutely no evidence exists to support or deny any of the claims of the devout. Most all god-claims date from bronze-age stories made up by people who did not know where the sun went when it became dark!
Each religion claims to be the one, true path to achieve its goals as well as being the source of morality. Their differences are mind-boggling. Some branches of Christianity, propose a morality which would stone blasphemers! Do you suppose the writer of the May 30 letter ever considers what god he would follow had he been born in Cairo, Egypt? His letter demonstrates perfectly why public officials should remain religiously neutral, lest someone will feel omitted or offended, not to mention the violation of our constitution. Sectarian devotion should be displayed in private or in churches if one must be religious.
Lloyd A. Jones
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