I read the article, “Will invocations be out?” and thought it was a matter of time before it would come here. There are other major cities that have caved to the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union and have divested themselves from the mention and relationship with religion. I say religion because the invocation of any religious would, presumably, be banned. The result is either an agnostic or atheistic environment.
The basis of the country was for freedom, foremost among them the freedom of religion, our founding fathers saw the importance of religion in our lives. Benjamin Franklin was a Quaker and practiced as he saw fit. Others of that time were from varied religions and co-existed and prayed together.
However, I recall while in school when Madeleine Murray O’Hare made her push to eliminate prayer from school. That was the beginning of religious ostracism to sanitize all government from religion. Consequently, what we have is a slippery slope. First, ban prayer in school, then in government meetings, to the point where Christianity is under attack regardless what the mainstream media say.
The Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting and establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The whole basis for the “separation of church and state” comes from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association and that taken out of context. In addition, this has been a private correspondence that has taken the form of law. The FFRF addresses the establishment of religion clause but in the meantime tramples on the prohibiting the free exercise of religion clause.
Are we going to go the way of San Antonio up the road that is considering an ordinance that would mandate that any thought or deed an individual has expressed in their past with a bias against a protected group would eliminate them from city or county employment? That would mean all Christians who believe in the admonishment in Leviticus would not be eligible for government employment.
Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” Are we, as a nation, in the former or latter category? I would submit we are in the latter and, at no time as before, have a greater need to be close to God. I think of all the signs and people who say, “God bless the USA,” and my internal response given what we have done and where we are: Why?
I’m afraid that the public officials who are saying they “will comply” will drive us further away from where we need to be. Bad things happen when good people do nothing. However, the FFRF and ACLU have much deeper pockets than Bee County. But I wonder what would happen if an individual or group of citizens decided to pray for the Council before the meeting? Just a thought.