The morality of abortion is not a religious belief, any more than the morality of slavery, apartheid, rape, larceny, murder or arson is a religious belief. These are norms of the natural law of mankind and can be legislated even in a completely religionless society.
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
I'm fine with him doing this, someone who isn't religious can do what they want with the prayer (or lack thereof). Doesn't offend me in the least.
There is a reason our forefathers put separation of church and state into our constitution. They remembered governments in Europe forcing people to practice THEIR religion or else. They left Europe and came here to escape all that persecution. Separation of church and state not only represents freedom of religion, but freedom FROM religion as well.
The way I see it, if you want to force your religion down the throats of others, you should move to a country where forcing religion down the throats of others is accepted..... Like Iran.
The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016
Why should a town council open with a prayer or invocation of any type?Supreme Court to weigh in on legislative prayers
The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a new case on the intersection of religion and government in a dispute over prayers used to open public meetings.
The justices said they will review an appeals court ruling that held that the town of Greece in suburban Rochester in upstate New York violated the Constitution by opening nearly every meeting over an 11-year span with prayers that stressed Christianity.
Two town residents who are not Christian complained that they felt marginalized by the steady stream of Christian prayers and challenged the practice. They are represented by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Reacting to the court action Monday, the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, said, "A town council meeting isn't a church service, and it shouldn't seem like one."
“And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”
~ James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822