"I believe in a Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists, but not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and actions of human beings."
--Albert Einstein, 1929
Already, we see some councils insisting that the only acceptable prayer is a Christian one. I'd be much more comfortable if the verdict from SCOTUS stated that a moment of silence shall be observed so that those who wish could bow their heads and pray quietly.
A person can wake up and begin praying and pray till they fall asleep...and then dream about praying. But just don't make me listen to their prayers. That's it. Is that too much to ask?
Again that is your belief. There are a lot of people who believe that prayer helps. In the end it is a matter of beliefs.Have public business that needs to be remedied? Go to a meeting with the agenda to resolve a public problem. Public debate helps resolve issues, not prayer.
I dont think that is the case. I am not a big prayer guy but I have heard them. Generally they are saying something like " lord please give us strength" type of prayers. And saying those words really seems to help a lot of people, makes them stay positive. Others it doesn't. But as I said before it hurts noone, and helps some. It is worth allowing.In other words, what is the end game by saying a prayer at a public meeting? Fellowship maybe?
If there is a large group of them I am sure it would.Do those who subscribe to minority religions get their form of prayers invoked in a public meeting?
Realistically if you are having a town hall meeting with 100 people. 75 of those people would like to say a short prayer. 20 dont care either way. And 5 people who oppose it just because they hate religion and jump on any opportunity to attack them. What should happen? 95% of people support it in their meeting or dont care, and 5% only care to be assholes.