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Has political correctness gone too far? GA seniors told no open prayer before meals

Senior Citizens Inc. officials said Friday the meals they are contracted by the city to provide to Ed Young visitors are mostly covered with federal money, which ushers in the burden of separating church and state.
On Thursday, the usual open prayer before meals at the center was traded in for a moment of silence.
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.

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grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 4:14 PM on May. 10, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • “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.


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    If the organization is not leading in the prayer, but is leading in the SILENCE, by insisting people stop praying ~does this force a religious requirement of silence?  Could this be in violation of free speech as well as freedom of religious observation? Shouldn't people be allowed to pray out loud on their own? 

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:18 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • What's the big deal? You really think it's appropriate to make a Jew praise Jesus before a meal? What's wrong with a moment of silence? Everyone still gets to do their own before meal prayer. It's not like they've said, "NO PRAYING WHATSOEVER!" They still have the option, they just do it to themselves instead of making everyone.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:18 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • I have nothing wrong, whatsoever~with a Jewish, any person or couple saying their prayer/respects out loud next to me. Why should someone be forced into being silent?
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:22 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • Anon in pp ... ummm some people believe in prayer before a meal and that should be ok to allow.. jews dont have to pray, athiests arent forced to pray but issuing a mandatory moment of silence is forcing EVERYONE to do so... what if they dont want to?
    This is all so twisted... we should be allowed to pray before a meal or not . Its not like we are making you join in!
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 4:24 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • Hmmm. Perhaps it would be better to have neither the prayer nor the silence, and just serve the food? Let people do their own prayer should they wish?

    Sounds like this group is trying to find its way.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:25 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • *sigh* Another point where freedom of speech is squashed by political correctness.

    Praying out loud is free speech.
    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 4:25 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • This is all so twisted... we should be allowed to pray before a meal or not . Its not like we are making you join in!

    Nobody has been banned from praying here. You can pray quietly to yourself all day anywhere you go if you so choose. Having one person lead a specific prayer for everyone to join in is a different matter completely. Or would you not mind if once a month the publicly led prayer was performed by the Temple of Set with a rousing cry of Hail Satan at the end?
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:28 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • Why can't the peole who don't want to pray out loud leave the room if it's so offensive? I'm really tired of people getting offended for things that aren't even meant to offend. If someone doesn't want to pray then why can't they just give them time to opt out and let the rest who do go on?
    SylviaNCali

    Answer by SylviaNCali at 4:30 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • Why can't the peole who don't want to pray out loud leave the room if it's so offensive?

    Separate but equal. OK, all you Christians please take your seats up front. Everyone else please wait in the hall so we can all stare at you and whisper about how ungodly you are when you file back in to take the crappy seats after we pray.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:32 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • That is definately going to far. This PC crap is going to be the downfall of this nation. (well next to the progressives having power) But then again they are the PC overboard police.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 4:43 PM on May. 10, 2010

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