Let’s Pray For A Little Impact

June 29, 2018 GMT

Editor: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise therof,” the First Amendment says. We often hear about how civil government enjoys the separation of church and state. Recently, to get along, and avoid a Kilauea Volcano of legislative eruptions, government has slowly furnished assistance to religious organizations. The new idea is spiritual groups can’t be looked over because they are religious. This slow thaw means a “church” can also qualify for neutral government programs. Examples abound where religion has been essential in the formation of, and life of, our country. So, would it be OK if places of worship and their organizations could be allowed to influence —- a little? In a more recent time, in the case of Town of Greece v Galloway, a town board requested that its month’s meeting be opened with a prayer. This time, religion was venerated; prayer won by a close 5-4 vote. However, “church” has to behave, too. The Economist reported that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that prayers were allowed that do not “denigrate” attendees, threaten them with “damnation” or attempt to “proselytize the audience.” Mae Morrow BEAR CREEK TWP.