Prayer Under Fire in North Texas City

Recently, the City of North Richland Hills (near Fort Worth) received a letter from the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), an organization whose goal is to remove religious expression from the public square. The City’s Council meetings begin with prayer, which does not usually refer to God or Jesus specifically, but is often closed by the phrase “In His Name” or “In Your Name.” Following a complaint from one citizen, FFRF has taken it upon itself to punish a city for engaging in voluntary, constitutionally-permitted prayer before important meetings. We are in communication with the city. This is just one more example of the extreme left’s attempt to stifle religious free speech.

Sound off! Should city hall meetings include prayer?

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12 Responses to Prayer Under Fire in North Texas City

  1. […] Free Market Foundation Blog: “Recently, the City of North Richland Hills (near Fort Worth) received a letter from the Freedom from Religion Foundation, an organization whose goal is to remove religious expression from the public square.” […]

  2. Trisha says:

    Absolutely!!!! This nation was founded on Judeo-Christian priciples, our founding documents pay homage to “Divine Prividence” so, yes!- let’s start all meetings with an acknowledgment of our heritage!

  3. Kirah says:

    They absolutely should!!

  4. George Vaughn says:

    Tell Him To Go Home If He Don’t Like America………

  5. Sarah says:

    I don’t think I’d advocate stoning (well I guess he who is without sin could cast the first one – won’t be me), but I agree that we’ve got to fight for the right to pray in the public sphere, even before official government meetings!
    I’d be especially interested to hear what Ann Stevens has to say on the subject; she always has insightful comments!! Ann?

  6. Mike says:

    I believe a person, group or nation has the right to pray to the Lord, anytime!!!!!!

  7. Diane says:

    The way I read the Constitution, it provides for freedom “OF” religion, not freedom “FROM” religion. Keep on praying – we certainly should want to thank God and ask for His blessings on everything we do and that does not infringe on anyone else, if they want to remain silent or invoke some idol themselves.

  8. Betty says:

    Absolutely open meetings with prayer!!

  9. Denise says:

    Not only is our constitutional right, it is right. The way I see it is if someone chooses not to pray…then don’t pray! What right do these extreme left wing people have to stop those of us who want to? If this is not oppression, I don’t know what is. Many thanks to those who are fighting on our behalf to keep the freedoms that have been given to us!

  10. amydposition says:

    Yes!!

  11. lisa says:

    Here’s what I find amazing…they (organizations like FFRF) want to squelch all prayer or public display of God particularly refering to Jesus, or Christian. Yet, no one seems to mind if we go into prisons with prison ministries. Why is that? We can’t pray with our students until they get to prison??? We can’t pray with our fellow citizens in a public forum unless they are convicted of a crime? The most free place to pray and study God’s word is prison! Even our churches are being attacked to force us to be “politically correct”. Something’s wrong with that picture! And then we complain about prison overpopulation!! What if we turned it around and allowed prayer in the schools and other public forums…would that reduce the prison population? Hello????

  12. Trisha says:

    Whoever is doing the praying gets to decide to whom he’s praying. The atheists will not be forced to pray. The Christians shouldn’t be forced not to pray.

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