I am always dismayed by articles such as Mike McClellan’s commentary on public prayer.
Throughout our history there have been many examples of public prayer. It was very much a tradition until politically correct small mindedness penetrated every aspect of our culture. In the military, chaplains of every faith would openly pray before large gatherings. I have also participated in this practice in service clubs and other venues.
Open expressions of faith always inspire me. This new wave of religious intolerance is what I find objectionable. Praying privately is always a good practice. And praying in a public setting should also be respected. It should not be viewed as divisive. As a people, we need to be tolerant of different political beliefs, and in my opinion, the same tolerance should also be applied to the varying faith groups that have enriched our national landscape. People who find public prayer offensive should be encouraged to be more tolerant of the feelings of others. It is time for all of us to take a fresh look at how we treat our fellow citizens in regard to matters of faith and politics. Mutual respect and understanding sow seeds of peace. Religious intolerance on the other hand is in and of itself devisive and not inspiring.