“Strongly guarded as is the separation between religion and Gov’t in the Constitution of the United States the danger of encroachment by Ecclesiastical Bodies, may be illustrated by precedents already furnished in their short history.”
–James Madison, 4th US President, author of the Bill of Rights and “Father of our Constitution” in his Detached Memoranda, circa 1820
Though I am fine with people praying, I find that government sponsored prayer of any kind, to any god, by any group, an abuse of power and influence.
Flaunting this, as through a show of force or numbers, is wrong while the encouragement of such divisive maneuvers undermines the very heart of our Constitution. You can be in favor of prayer in public for all government activities but merely favoring it does not make it right. This is a put-down to any non-religious or non-Christian religion. I defend their right to be considered as equals and above any effort to “Christianize” our government and its employees.
“…removing Christian privilege so that our government complies with the Constitution is not persecution. Eliminating religious privilege is not the same as eliminating religious freedom. If ‘ministers of the gospel’ get a tax break that is not available to anyone else, the government is correct to end that break. This is simply ending unconstitutional favoritism the government is showing towards religion, as FFRF’s successful lawsuit against the parsonage housing allowance has shown. This is not hostility, it is equality.” -Andrew Seidel