Monday, October 5, 2009

That Religious Guy: Lodi Keeps Public Prayers!!

..... Separation of Church and State is needed in society. Surprisingly, I believe in this statement too. But unlike some, I believe in it because I don't see this concept as a protection of the State from the Church, but protecting the Church from the State. Religion isn't always the enemy in the equation. This is to say that faith is sometimes the victim of secular institutions or worst yet, radical atheists.

..... The State shouldn't interfere in matters of religion and the Church shouldn't interfere in secular subjects. In Lodi, a battle ensued over the issue of opening prayers in City Council Meetings. Proponents of the practice declared that it was the right of Christians and indeed any persons of faith to pray. Others, however, believed that praying before these City Council Meetings was a breach of the separation of Church and State. So one side believes prayer is a right and the other side believes it's against the division of two great insitutions.

..... Well, under the logic that praying before public meetings is unconstitutional, then restricting this custom is also unconstitutional since the First Amendment guarantees that every citizen has a right to practice their religion privately and publicly. A solution to this problem would be to stop electing people of faith into public office. That would be impossible.

..... Devout Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, and others can't help the fact that they believe their faith can help them in troubling time such as these. With rising unemployment rates, a budget crisis, and foreclosures, California and indeed the rest of the country could use some divine intervention right now!

..... I applaud the fact that Lodi chose to keep public prayers in their meetings. It was a reasonable reaction. What I don't understand is why atheists from Wisconsin were trying to interefere in Californian affairs. That's right. People from the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Wisconsin were trying to butt heads with citizens in Lodi over their right to pray. I've seen how radical atheists resort to insults to cause injuries. On the West Coast Walk For Life this year, atheists we're just parading around our Pro-Life procession, spreading insults, only because they hate religion, which was evident from their signs. These Wisconsin atheists don't really care about principles. They just hate religion in general. Prove to me otherwise and earn yourself an "I told you so" moment.

..... So Lodi, congrats on your battle for the right to prayer!

- Jeremy Dela Cruz


  1. Separation of Church and State "isss" needed in our society many people officially declared that Islam is the roots of all problems don't live in dark people!!!!

    by the way liked the information this message is not to you is to the racist people
    :)) keep up

  2. We have the same problem in the UK! The sad National Secular Society (NSS) who want to dump faith schools, are orchestrating opposition to the Pope's visit here next year, and then have the cheek to brand anything they can't understand as 'mumbo-jumbo' - these pathetic characters are even offering 'unbaptismal certificates' as if a bit of paper could unmake you as a child of God!

  3. Um, on the contrary I still feel prayers shouldn't be allowed especially if nobody is asking for it.

  4. Well Alisya, you gotta remember that devout people, regardless of which religion, are a praying people. Even if you don't ask, they'll pray for you. That's just their nature, their tendency. To ask them to stop would be asking them to stop being who they are.

  5. That is true, but Jeremy, even so, no one is saying religion is a crime, but just not a necessary component regarding government. Doesn't that imply that praying is something we all stand for? Now, I do disagree like you on Wisconsin's wacko atheists butting heads on stopping religious freedoms, I'm just saying that religion is something you should stand for, but not something to impose on the others. Many feel uncomfortable because it's a public meeting, not a religious gathering. Of course, if people don't want to pray, they don't have to, which is good enough indeed. Gah, this issue destroys my thinking because I'm always searching for the middle ground; the harmony of which people can be content together. I think this was a waste of comment for me, but a necessary one as well to let my frazzled thoughts out.