Letter: Council prayer would violate Constitution

By Steve Carleton

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I am writing to express my concern that elected officials on the Elizabeth City City Council would suggest a blatant disregard for the U.S. Constitution and open up the city to a lawsuit by opening official business with openly sectarian prayers.

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You're just a real special kind of stupid, aren't you?

Force 12

(who I assume is "Steve") makes a good point. If you allow sectarian prayers, you have to allow them all. Calling him "stupid" is in and of itself stupid.

So, will the Council also...

...alternate opening prayers with those of other faiths, say Islam, Jews, Buddhism, Satanism, Sikhs, Daoists, Confucians, Wica, plus each of the 40,000 sects of Christianity, and maybe a moment of silence on behalf of aetheists, etc? Because if they will do THAT then there will only be one Christian opening prayer that will make one city council member happy in about a century of weekly council meetings. Yeah, let's do that. BRAVO City Council. Can we also have the 10 Commandments on city property somewhere that is big enough for the Church of Satan monument too, like OK City is about to have? Mr. Carleton is right. Council, please don't go there. Stick to nondemoninational business, please. Respectfully Submitted, Force 12


Even today the House Chaplain opens sessions of congress with prayer. If that doesn't violate the constitution then why would it here? Maybe the city council could bring in the police chaplain to open the meeting in prayer.


Although your letter may make practical sense in our country today, let's be clear that the proposed prayers do not violate the constitution but rather the modern ruling of some judges. An introductory prayer or benediction is in no way establishing the Church of America. I would also encourage the public and our leaders to take advantage of all the spaces and times where they can pray unhindered and do so earnestly for our country and community.

The people who signed the Constitution

opened up congressional sessions with prayer. If those people can pray you can bet it won't violate the Constitution for anyone else to pray. It may violate an activist judges' wants but not the Constitution. http://chaplain.house.gov/archive/continental.html

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