Non-Christianopolis – A View from the Bible Belt
Today’s tidbit is just a quick commentary on life for the average non-christian taking up good oxygen in the peaceful, loving, goodwill towards man capital of the World, Houston, Texas. An article posted on a local news channel website discussed a lawyers filing for a case against the city council to stop the tradition of prayer prior to Houston’s City Council meetings.
It was mentioned in the article that records had indicated that overwhelmingly ninety-percnet of all of these prayers had been christian. The article is not really the subject of this post, just the comments. Never the less here is the short article:
By Doug Miller / 11 NewsHOUSTON—Houston City Council’s longstanding practice of opening its meetings with a prayer now faces a court challenge.
The same lawyer who forced Harris County to remove the Bible that once stood in front of a downtown Houston courthouse, now claims that the council’s opening prayers violate the First Amendment principle of the separation of church and state.
City council has traditionally begun its meetings with a prayer, usually Christian in nature. Now real estate agent Kay Staley has filed a federal lawsuit saying the council’s prayers have become so overtly Christian, they essentially promote one religion over all others.
Council Members generally rotate the duty of saying the opening prayer, although they often invite local religious leaders to the speaker’s podium. Although the prayers have sometimes been Hindu, Muslim or Jewish, the lawsuit says more than 90 percent of the prayers are Christian.
Randall Kallinen, Staley’s attorney, says he reviewed the minutes from dozens of council meetings. His lawsuit specifically names Councilmember Anne Clutterbuck because she’s often recited the Lord’s Prayer straight out of the Bible.
Kallinen says his client wants the mayor and city council to recite more secular prayers.
I love reading comments to stories like these because it just amazes me how narrow minded some people are about religion. I have listed a few below.
tom7 35 minutes ago wrote:
What? Take away the only likely source of help? Maybe Kallinen shuld also go after the OMG screechers on HGTV?
You are exactly right tom7, asking for less religious influence at public meetings is exactly the same as the OMG screechers….although must admit I have never heard of them. Tom7, are you OK if we start opening up football games with prayers to Allah?
Bill1025 35 minutes ago wrote:
Note to self: Two people not to do business with:
Kay Staley and her attorney Randall Kallinen.
If they don’t profess to love the Lord then the hell with them. With all that the city council is faced with, Houston definitely needs some divine intervention.
Bill1025, great first point! You have every right to do that and it is a great way to express your displeasure, but then you go condeming them to Hell and all that. Be as good and pure as I and my God are, or……F*CK You! Moses could not have said it better!
MarkF 43 minutes ago wrote:
It is time for Americans to stand up and defend the fact that the United States was founded on Christian values. We should not allow the tail to wag the dog. If the majority of the council memebers want to SAY A CHRISTIAN PRAYER THEN DO IT!
The United States was found on christian values! Yes, the very christian value of having the freedom to not having another religion crammed down your throat.
pete jones 46 minutes ago wrote:
get a life women.
Actually, good point Pete! I would probably find better things to spend money on if it was me.
redbird54 1 hour ago wrote:
the door knob turns both ways if those are offended by prayer let them go out the same way they came in,thats whats wrong with this country now people sticking their damn nose in other peoples beleifs nobody is making them pray and nobody should stop them from doing so
This one is classic redneck Bible Belt! It is obvious if you don’t believe just like my “Mammy” and “Pappy” taught me, yous definitely from some far of devil country!
Whowants2kno 1 hour ago wrote:
Kay Stanley…and your attorney…MY RIGHTS ARE MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOURS. I’VE LIVED IN THIS CITY FOR 58 YEARS. I WANT PRAYER AT COUNCIL MEETINGS…Now…with the utmost of due respect, why don’t you move someplace else and take your complaints with you. May I suggest another country somewhere far, far away.
So what about the Muslim, Hindu, Atheist, etcs. rights who have lived in this city for 59 years. I don’t think this formula for solving problems would be a good solution! But way to think outside the box “Whowats2kno”
Why can Christians be so mean and disrespectful to their neighbors on some days and cry and yearn for their lost souls on another…. Vexes me!