My HOA when conducting board of directors meetings starts off with a moment of prayer and the pledge of allegiance to the American flag.
We have a member in our association who sometimes attends such meetings, and being a Jehovah Witness he does not pledge allegiance to the flag. Said Jehovah Witness had been a real estate broker when my HOA sold some land to a developer and said Jehovah Witness served on a committee for “the land sale”. Said person keeps his residence and property in excellent condition and seems to want to be a good neighbor in our community. I hope he is not offended when the rest of us in the meeting room says the pledge of allegiance to our flag.
I would imagine a moment of prayer is no difficulty for a Jehovah Witness, except perhaps when some clergy men opening up a Port Orange City Council meeting say a prayer ending up in saying “… in the name of Jesus. Amen”.
Atheists and those of the Jewish faith might very well be offended by such a prayer uttered in the Port Orange City Council and one person has gone to the citizens’ microphone to put on record his disapproval of such a prayer, which ends “in the name of Jesus”. Perhaps by now, clergymen giving an invocation have been advised not to include “Jesus” in their public prayer.
I am an agnostic, so I think I am in the position of “Whatever…!”
When I hear a prayer at the Port Orange City Council meeting start off with “Almighty God, please grant these good men of our city council the wisdom to make good decisions….” , I think of “accountability”. But that’s me. Someone, an admirer of St.Francis of Assisi once told me not to take religion too seriously. I might think that is good advice to give to a religious person, but very bad advice to give to an agnostic. But, are we all certain of our uncertainty.
hank springer – posted 1227pm 7 19 17