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Thursday, April 4, 2013
We see another governmental assault on Christian faith. On March 27, U. S. District Court Judge Michael Urbanski ruled it is unconstitutional for the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors to pray a Christian prayer before meetings.
This and other court rulings of this nature seem to overlook an important phrase in the Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
Advocates of stopping public prayer at government meetings argue this is an issue of separation of church and state. They also argue that if prayer is allowed, the board could invoke other types of religious prayer like Islamic devotions, so they want no prayer at all.
It appears to be the logic of the court that the framers of the Constitution intended “separation of church and state” to prohibit prayer before government meetings. That interpretation is inaccurate when you recognize the framers did exactly what the federal court has ruled unconstitutional: They prayed a Christian prayer to God to ask for guidance before government meetings.
The members of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors are elected representatives of the people. When they conduct the people’s business in a manner inconsistent with the wishes of the people they serve, the people will not re-elect them. That is how the framers of the Constitution intended to keep government power in the hands of the people.
Contrary to current belief, the Constitution does not give the government the authority to tell any American citizen he or she cannot pray or how they should pray.
The real question now: What can citizens do about a government that continues to impose a minority view, contrary to the intent of the Constitution’s Bill of Rights, onto a majority of its citizens?
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