The Augusta Chronicle guest editorial (“Unite, Not Divide”) reprinted in Tuesday’s Marietta Daily Journal is contradictory, un-American, hypocritical and anti-freedom, but other than that. How so?
Contradictory? The editorial touts the need to be “inclusive,” yet flagrantly omit the rights of atheists and many others who don’t want bland, superficial public prayers.
Un-American? The American way, since the Constitution and First Amendment were passed, has always been to restrain governments in favor of individuals.
Hypocritical? Prayers like those in Greece, N.Y., seem likely to be given “that they may be seen of men,” as Jesus allegedly said in Matthew, Chapter 6.
Anti-freedom? The editorial explicitly calls for protecting “the right of local government,” but everyone who knows his history knows that individuals must have the rights protected, not governments.
What can be done to protect the rights of those individuals who want to pray before a governmental meeting? The First Amendment (and Georgia’s Constitution, Paragraph VII, Section II, Article I) solve that problem by protecting the rights of all citizens — and officials — to pray, as individuals, whenever and however they wish.
Treasurer and former president