Interesting. So no one was stopping them from praying before, and no one is stopping them from praying now. The only difference is that now, everyone else is forced to sit there and listen to their babbling.
I do have to wonder if they'd be so willing to fight for my "right to group prayer" if I wanted to have a group satanic prayer and made everyone else sit there and listen to it.
A few thoughts:
First, public prayers for the sake of being public about them are expressly forbidden, BY CHRIST, in the New Testament.
Second, what is the goal of such conduct, if it is not rewarded by God? Generally speaking, it is done because the believers are so inconsiderate that they feel they must subject other people to their practices.
Third, what does such behavior do for the cause of Christ? Be specific. What is this sort of public prayer designed to accomplish, in your opinion? I'd really like to know.
Sounds like the state had told them they couldn't do it. Now that has been reversed.“Over our years of service, we have been instructed, as recently as two weeks ago, by the state regulatory agency that verbal prayer was not allowed at any senior center. We are so pleased to say that we have been contacted a few minutes ago by the new Director of Aging clarifying the regulation and reversing the position of new verbal prayer..."
Look, I understand your butt hurt over the correct reading of the law, but that is no cause to sell your soul to the devil.I do have to wonder if they'd be so willing to fight for my "right to group prayer" if I wanted to have a group satanic prayer and made everyone else sit there and listen to it.
Wow! what do you envision? Some authoritarian type in a white coat standing over every table with a riding crop in hand yelling, "I said pray dammit!!!!"
As for your right to chant from the book of Satan before eating your meal, it is clear that the only reason you would wish to do that is to cause disruption because you loath those that don't think like you do. My guess though is that no one would stop you.