Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Rush to judgment: Missouri’s deceptive ‘Right to Pray’ Amendment

The amendment mandates, for example, that the state “shall ensure that any person shall have the right to pray individually or corporately in a private or public setting so long as such prayer does not result in disturbance of the peace or disruption of a public meeting or assembly.” 
How will state courts define such a sweeping affirmation? Does it mean that governmental gatherings will all feature group invocations and benedictions? What if one person’s “right to pray” intrudes on another person’s right to abstain from praying or to pray according to the tenets of her own faith?
They're so good at naming things. "Against my 'right to pray,' are you? That's religious persecution! Help! I'm being persecuted!"

There's a time and place for things, like prayer, and there are times and places where things, like prayer, are neither appropriate nor legal. Look, pray all you want on your own time, but don't waste my kids' time at school with that nonsense and stop making it part of governmental functions where it is exclusionary and unconstitutional. If you must pray every where you go and any time you do something, for crying out loud, do it quietly and keep it to yourself. It's unseemly. Matthew 6:6.

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