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-Atheist Group Sues City For Opening Meetings With Prayer

by Dr. D ~ July 15th, 2010

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On Monday, the Atheists of Florida filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Lakeland for opening their commission meetings with prayer.

The atheist group contends that the city’s traditional prayer violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

Response: It will be interesting to see how this is resolved. Prayers are given in thousands of municipal meetings all across this great country. State meetings also. Plus the US Congress opens with prayer during every session.

Prayers were also given during the Constitutional Convention itself that wrote the document in the first place. Does anyone really believe that any of the framers of the Constitution would agree with the atheists that prayer violates the Establishment Clause? I hardly think so.

Unfortunately what the framers might have intended is mute in the face of Judicial activism and current interpretation. So many judges believe in the so-called ‘living document’ approach to the Constitution that it no longer really matters what the original words meant nor the intent of the writers.

The ‘living’ theory is really nothing more than an excuse that gives judges the power to do what they want and rule how they darn well please without being limited by the document they are suppose to be interpreting.  Now they can make it up as they go along and the Constitution is rendered powerless to do the job it was originally written to do.

I would like to hope that prayer will continue to be given in the public square. However the very ‘rights’ that were originally written in order to limit government are now being used to expand government control instead.        *Top of the Blog

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