10.11.2005

What's This World Coming To . . .

. . . when a witch can't open up a public meeting with a prayer! "WASHINGTON --The Supreme Court rejected an appeal on Tuesday from a Wiccan priestess angry that local leaders would not let her open their sessions with a prayer. Instead, clergy from more traditional religions were invited to pray at governmental meetings in Chesterfield County, Va., a suburb of Richmond. Lawyers for Cynthia Simpson had told justices in a filing that most of the invocations are led by Christians. Simpson said she wanted to offer a generalized prayer to the 'creator of the universe.' Wiccans consider themselves witches, pagans or neo-pagans, and say their religion is based on respect for the Earth, nature and the cycle of the seasons."

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof...

Does, by omission, the US Supreme Court usurp the power of the Congress and establish a antional religion (Christianity) with this ruling?

comment4U said...

Rah-rah for the Supreme Court. Wiccans are complete weirdos. And, what a creepy "glamour shot." Not neo-pretty. Stay off her website, Barry!

Condoleesa said...

I have to agree with the Supreme Court. She is only trying to get publicity. Worked didn't it?

Anonymous said...

....sensationalism always works......with the media.

.....works on this blog site too!

:)

Anonymous said...

So, I guess we can all assume that before long, only "Non-christians" can pray in public, use "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and place the 10 Commandments in front of their businesses. Yep, makes sense to me.

Anonymous said...

exactly my point with religion at public events, its not fair to allow one and not others. this shows how dumb our government is and how certain beliefs are forced on to others. that is wrong, stupid and the day will come this crap will stop. this woman should have every right do do as she asked. i am not into that, but it should be her freedom.

Anonymous said...

I'd pray to whatever deity she wanted me to.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone open a public meeting with a prayer? (Christian or otherwise?)

No praying allowed at graduations or football games. It's only a matter of time before liberals purge it from public meetings.

Anonymous said...

witch hunt.....witch hunt.....!!!!

bigcatdaddy said...

I agree with anon 4:04. I am a Christian myself, but I do not feel the need to push my religion onto others. I try to be respectful of all other religions, because others have a constitutional right to practice whatever religion they choose.

I think freedom from religon is two fold. It means you can worship whichever god you want, but, it also means that you are free to live your life without religion being crammed down your throat by someone else. I think the latter is a problem sometimes.

Anonymous said...

Having attended a public school where my faith was in the minority, I trully believe in separation of church and state. I think most Christians would too if Islam was the most predominate religion in the country. Can you imagine saying one nation under Allah? Or having your child taught the Islamic prayers in school? If we are going to allow prayer during governmental meetings then we better be ready to open it up to all forms of religion unless you are prepared to accept a national religion.

Condoleesa said...

I believe in separation of Church and State to the nth degree. There should be no praying except individually at any public event. I don't think the Christians should be able to cram it down everyones throat either. However, I do think everyone should be afforded the opportunity to worship their faith in a manner that does not disrupt others.

Anonymous said...

....i don't want it crammed down my throat either. a lot of this comes from some church denominations that teach "if you don't witness to your faith, you are going to hell"....pure and simple.

..the best witness of prayer and allegiance to Christ is live it out...

....and what's all the fuss about prayer in the schools anyway?...it's not going to stop Christian kids from praying.....

...why must it be "public" anyway?.......

...for show?

bigcatdaddy said...

I think you may be onto something with the "for show" hypothesis. There is no reason for it to be public. Last time I checked, religion is a private choice, and it should remain so.

I am confortable enough with myself and my faith that I don't need to make a public spectacle when I pray. I don't feel the need to have a prayer with everyone else. I feel the same thing can be accomplished if I pray alone, quietly.

Anonymous said...

Its funny how when people say my religion is private.It's just a cover up, and the I pray in private means they have no prayer life.

bigcatdaddy said...

Pray alone doesn't mean literally pray alone. It means say a prayer quietly that only God and myself can hear, no matter where I am.