I take a mini-break from writing and news and what do I come back to?? City Council actually considering prayer during public city business meetings.
Thank you, city council for considering 1) lengthening your already long meetings, 2) making someone like me feel uncomfortable as others pray because I don’t, 3) creating the sense of insiders vs outsiders if this new tradition is adopted, 4) considering crossing the line of separation of church and state which respects not only those who are a variety of religions but also those who do not believe. City council should be about city business – period. What is up with adding all this extra NON-BUSINESS stuff?
Our system of governance was created to be fair to those who may be in the minority. That doesn’t mean my rights override your rights or vice versa – it means being fair, even, impartial, unbiased, etc, etc. Many fear the repercussions of saying, “I don’t believe what you believe” and just go along with whatever to not rock the boat; but, this move just isn’t respectful for the variety of constituents of the community.
If you saw the link provided above, LaSanbe has a video of the city council meeting where the issue is discussed. Isn’t it telling that they have to do additional research to FIND A LOOPHOLE to make prayer part of meetings??
If you have to keep asking legal for clarification, doesn’t that already tell you that maybe there is something amiss about the suggestion you make??
Occasionally I attend city council meetings for business. I would hope that business is what is discussed. Which leads me to all the congratulations and recognitions… ok, that is an entirely different post. The point is that I have already expressed this concern to Councilman San Miguel in other (in person and online) settings and was surprised this proposal was brought up when there are so many other issues that could fought for and tackled in the precious time the city council has.
My “citizen vote” is to drop the issue, don’t lengthen the meeting, and don’t impose a practice that is not in everyone’s lives and does not give everyone an equal voice.
There, done expressing my feelings on this issue.
LaSanbe’s city council video: