Prayer ruling is divisive

May 17, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow sectarian prayer in government meetings is needlessly divisive.

Imagine if a town stood and recited a Republican pledge during its meetings. Of course, the town could have a long tradition of adherence to the Republican Party, and many passionate defenders of its policies. Would this endorse a party? Would it alienate some productive citizens?

Of course it would. Before the government you are a citizen, not a Republican or a Democrat. Or a Christian, for that matter.

Public prayer forces us to choose sides. Either you share a town’s religious inclinations or your don’t, in full view of everyone, potentially affecting how the government addresses your concerns.

This is why we must preserve the privacy of our beliefs. The government doesn’t need to know and we don’t need to share.

Robert Ralston



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