Ceremonial Pleas, So Be It

Okay, Okay, Finally

Supremes Support What’s  Known

By Harry M. Covert    

Prayer before governmental deliberations is good. Prayer before sporting events is worthy. Prayer is praiseworthy and necessary before travel on “aeroplanes,” ocean liners and ferries, and before courtroom proceedings. The medical fraternity, physicians and nurses, dentists, chiropractors and even veterinarians agree that Divine appeals are effective.

          Now prayer is now okay, legal and proper everywhere in public and private schools, and so forth and et cetera.

        Moments of silence may be nice for that minority of the citizenry which delights in causing angst among those who believe that the Almighty is involved in all affairs. What does a moment of silence truly refer? There are certainly lots of praying in schools by students in all grades, most especially before tests and examinations.        

Once, a national gangster was asked if he wanted justice in his federal corruption trial. “No, for Heaven’s sake, I want mercy.”         

          In this day and age voices have become louder and louder. The loudness doesn’t include the vast majority of the faithful around the country that public prayers violate the alleged constitutional separation of church and state. Most people of good character are inhibited and intimidated by opposers. It is good and positive that legislative bodies seek heavenly help. Such petitions don’t hurt in any way and can have good results.

          Seeing, reading and listening to the antics of political leaders in all jurisdictions there is no question prayer is important. It is simple. If non-believers and good citizens of no faith object to hearing prayers, let them keep quiet while others are petitioning. When it comes to taxes, prayer is vital. Watching the U.S. Congress sends many to prayer.

          Public prayers are now considered “ceremonial.” That’s a nice word and should soothe a bunch of objectors who merely who want a little public attention.

Founders and the Precepts, It’s History

          In Monday’s decision by the Supreme Court of the land, it was confirmed by a 5-to-4 vote that the nation was founded on precepts far beyond the authority of government to alter or define. That majority opinion was penned by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. What’s so new about that? Most school children have learned that but it sure was good to know that the work of the founders is still true in the 21st century.

          The case was brought to the fore by a Greece, NY woman. Her complaint was the sectarian content of the prayers, mostly from Christian pastors. What a shock that must have been?

       As the people of cities and counties all over prepare to elect decision makers, prayer should be the first order of the day. 

Heaven help us to find sensible and responsible leaders. This is not a joke.

          Now that Mr. Justice Kennedy, a practicing Catholic, has had the final word, maybe pre-game prayers will resume on Friday nights. Maybe pre-meeting pleas will be scheduled at all jurisdictions, be they city councils, boards of supervisors, county councils, county commissioners, boards of aldermen and school boards.

          There are lots of numerous churches of all persuasions, including storefronts. When they hear words like “Jesus Christ” when disagreements arise and see signs in various public places, “In God We Trust, all others pay cash,” they will hear respectful tones. No such things as “expletive deleted.”

          There is a saying, “avoid vain and profane babblings.”

          Imagine reactions if and when mayors and other electeds ended often volatile sessions with “Good night, and God bless you all.”

          Amen! Or, if preferred, “So be it.” ◄