The Salisbury City Council inserted Meditation/Invocation in where the Lord’s Prayer used to be. SAM. I. Am. is still trying to figure out what is offensive about the Lord’s Prayer and why all of a sudden it has become a problem.
City Clerk Brenda Colegrove found evidence that the Lord’s Prayer has been recited at meetings since around 1890. 120 years of tradition and we just stop because someone is uncomfortable with it, yet has never said a word the four years that she has been a Council Member. Then City Council Vice-President Debbie Campbell abstains – refusing to not take a position on it.
What has been lost in this whole debate are the words from prayer. What is so offensive about them? Asking for forgiveness or forgiving others? Asking not tot be led into temptation or being delivered from evil? Or is it asking God’s will be done? Are these principles to controversial?
One can also use the Jewish argument, because Terry Cohen is Jewish. However, Christianity is an off shoot of Judaism and the words of the Lord’s Prayer was first spoken by Jesus, a Jew.
Still, there is the argument about lawsuits and Supreme Court decisions. That also goes the other way because the Supreme Court has ruled in favor as well. There is no specific law about the Lord’s Prayer because Congress has no such authority. Having recited it before every meeting is not a legislative act and neither is reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Now that also mentions God, should we remove that as well.
Here are the words to the Lord’s Prayer:Our Father, which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
in earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.
Taken from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, 1662.
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