Praying should be optional. When you hurt yourself, is not the first word out of your mouth a curse? How is that different from prayer? You pray for rain, you pray for a raise, you pray for a new client, you pray to find your keys in time to get out the door to work.
Now we have the green light from those mighty judges on high to start our lowly city council meetings with a prayer, as long as we keep it open to all faiths.
What if an atheist wants to do the homors? Or a humanist? Or a Satan worshipper?
According to the experts on NPR they all are welcome.
First, the atheist gets up at the January meeting at a hypothetical city council
He prays that the minds of our government officials will be open to do the best they can under trying circumstances, and get those potholes fixed for the love of Hecate!
In Feruary the humanist takes her turn and prays that reason will prevail in hiring enough workers to clean the city parks and beaches properly so that visiters will stay and spend more money.
The Satan worshipper, which is the antidote to Christianity, and some would say the brother of the Son, has only threats of perdition if the traffic lights are messed up one more time!
Yes, I can see democracy in action here.