High court ruling favors prayer at council meeting
Though I am very much opposed to the militant atheists’ agenda, the rote recital of bland tepid prayer in my humble opinion is not consistent with Matt. 6:5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. ...” Civic Prayer is merely a rite of the Civil Religion of Caesar.
In addition, our diseased society being unable to agree upon any one truth, and in fact largely based on the denial of the very possibility of the existence of “A Truth”, why are we to believe that Muslim Prayer might not be instituted? And should we be supportive of say, Dearborn Michigan with a Muslim majority opening its City Board meetings with a prayer to Allah? Or Monroe, NY with a Chasidic prayer? Or in somewhere sometime a Wiccan, Luciferian prayer?
When most Americans shared a general theologic community, i.e a generic Christianity there would be no controversy over the recital of a simple prayer. Jews and Catholics were, at times past, perhaps occasionally offended. But rarely would a civic prayer be strongly repugnant to us. And even if it was, I know that Jews would’ve just shrugged their shoulders and rolled their eyes but be grateful to be in America anyway. They would never have dared to register their complaint. As long as they were left in peace as Americans that was good enough. Though I do not have personal knowledge of the religious tolerance shown to the early Catholic immigrants, since they and the Jews kept coming, that in itself was testament that being a minority though within the Judeo-Christian frame of reference was not onerous.
BUT that basic generic Judeo-Christian frame of reference is no longer the default position. Rather than trusting in the implicit content of civic prayer, we must now make explicit, that which was never before required.
The USA can no longer simply “allow” for public prayer, it will have to explicitly define what that constitutes. And once an EXPLICIT definition of prayer is required, suddenly there IS indeed an Established Religion.
America is like an unruly, out of control class of fourth graders. The teacher will say: Since you cannot agree on anything, I will make the decision.
This problem relates directly to immigration policy; a policy on which I know I was never asked to vote. I do not recall being asked if I wished to make America a bilingual English-Spanish nation. I was not asked if I wanted America’s demography to mirror the world at large. Compared with the country in which I grew up, the demography of America now is what it might once have been imagined to resemble if we lost a major war. It would startle Abraham Lincoln who asked: “From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some trans-Atlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia…could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years. No, if destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide.” And yet the millions of Asians and Muslims and Hispanics have communities in even middling towns on the Ohio River. I remember as a child in Long Island staring at a Chinese person, and my mother saying “Don’t stare.” But now you cannot walk through Roosevelt Field (The Mall of Nassau County) without being OUTNUMBERED by South Asians, Iranians, East Asians, and Hispanics.
WE NO LONGER ARE A NATION in the sense of a common culture, a common religious umbrella, a common language. “THEY” have succeeded in destroying the nation and replacing nationhood with GOVERNMENT. Nothing may be unwritten, or unsaid. Nothing can be understood implicitly. Everything must be written in laws regulations rules and policies. “They” are the crafty, never resting termites eating away at American Exceptionalism; the Lilliputians tying the power and wealth of the New World to the causes of Globalism. By destroying the organic cohesion of culture, they have rendered us a Government with a Nation, rather than what once we were: A Nation with a Government.