Monday, May 10, 2010

No praying over government food?!?!?

Who can ever forget the turbulent political climate, that time years ago when we had a big national referendum and voted to excise "...or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" from the Third Amendment to the Constitution? The marches, the shouting on the Sunday roundtable shows, the raucous townhall meetings, the impassioned op-ed columns. Well, at least they let us vote on it, even though it didn't go our way.*

Doesn't make things like this go down easier. Who would ever expect that people would be forbidden from praying out loud, while chewing on federally-funded chicken florentine.

Georgia Seniors Told They Can't Pray Before Meals

Tim Rutherford, Senior Citizens Inc. vice president, said some of his staff recently visited the center and noticed people praying shortly before lunch was served. Rutherford said his company provides meals like baked chicken, steak tips and rice and salads at a cost of about $6 a plate. Seniors taking the meals pay 55 cents and federal money foots the rest of the bill, Rutherford said.

"We can't scoff at their rules," he said of federal authorities. "It's a part of the operational guidelines."

Rutherford said the moment of silence was introduced to protect that funding. He said although the change may have been misinterpreted, perhaps his company could have done a better job selling it.

"It's interpreted that we're telling people that they can't pray, but we aren't saying that," he said. "We're asking them to pray to themselves. Have that moment of silence."

Step by step, inch by inch, ratchet turn by ratchet turn...

*As if!

Via What's Wrong With The World

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