I must disagree with your recent editorial, “Maintain the separation.”
You state, “Many refuse to accept the fact that sectarian prayers ... are forms of religious coercion.” And a federal court ruled that little Greece, N.Y., had violated the First Amendment’s ban on the “establishment of religion” because a local minister delivered an opening prayer at a town council meeting. It seems that the case is headed for the Supreme Court.
The president has chosen to join those who want to allow city and town councils to open their meetings with a prayer; his only worthwhile accomplishment since taking office. Thank you, Mr. President.
The congressional sessions are opened with prayer by a chaplain. Both the House and Senate have one. So are they not “endorsing” religion? Are they not offending the non-Christians?
In view of the sorry job that they do, they need all the prayers they can get. But we have a double standard here, why Congress but not Greece? I am praying that the Supreme Court will agree with Greece.
By the way, common sense tells us that the separation of church and state means that the state can not force any religion on its people.
Meredith E. Bynum