The Press of Atlantic City has published a scathing op-ed critical of the new policy of official government prayer in Galloway Twp. NJ. Click through the link at the end of the quote to read the entire piece!
Yes, we know. Congress, the state Legislature, counties and a number of towns open meetings with a prayer.
But we don’t understand that either. Government and religion do not mix. Period. Is there a better, more current, more frightening example of mixing government and religion than the Taliban in Afghanistan?
And no, that’s not an unfair example. It’s an extreme, but common example. Unfortunately, the world is full of examples of sectarian strife of one degree or another.
Why go anywhere near there?
Galloway’s plan is already creating rancor. At least one evangelical pastor is irked that none of the 35 approved prayers mention Jesus Christ.
This is just such an unnecessary issue. No one in America is forbidden from praying. You can pray at home. You can pray in your house of worship. You can pray while walking down the street. Your children can pray while sitting at their desks in school, if they want. Galloway Township Council members can pray while sitting on the dais. Township residents can – and probably should – pray while sitting in the audience.
But government meetings are not the place for an official prayer.
The underlying principle of our nation and our Constitution is that government exists to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority. If you ask us, that means governmental bodies and religion don’t mix.