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Brunswick commissioners keep traditional prayer

Posted: Updated: April 20, 2010 01:05 PM EDT

By Gary McNair - bio|email

The suggestion by a Brunswick County commissioner that the board replace the traditional prayer with a moment of silence to start its meetings generated a lot of noise - even from folks outside that county. 

[Brunswick commissioners may take prayer off agenda]

The commissioner, Charles Warren, said that Christians should be sensitive to people of other faiths. 

Well, here's what some of you had to say about that on the WECT Facebook fan page. 

Mary wrote:

I guess I just don't want to live in a county that has outgrown God. 

Tina said:

Prayer has been taken out of everything these days...that offends me as a Christian!!!!      

Only a handful of people took an opposing view, like Amanda:

I applaud Mr. Warren for recognizing that not everyone is a Christian and also for having the courage to say something about it. 

But my personal favorite is the comment from Barbara:

That commissioner needs to pray that he'll get reelected. 

I've heard the saying that prayer changes things, but in this case it sounds like prayer might have kept things the same.  The Brunswick County Commissioners voted Monday night to keep the traditional prayer to open their meetings. 

That's your turn on trading prayer for silence in Brunswick County.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at yourturn@wect.com.


Comments emailed by viewers:

It should be completely removed from every form of government. Our founding fathers had great ideals and a belief in God. It is of the most importance to keep these ideals separate from our government because some religion requires more than just prayer. If we allow our government to keep prayer at meetings the next to come is making our wives wear veils then to make our citizens do the same. I am not saying prayer is wrong but it is wrong for it to effect our lives by being a part of our government. If it is a requirement to have a prayer at the beginning of the meeting then take the time out by yourself and pray. As far as the one woman's comment about him praying he gets reelected she is quick to judge upon someone's beliefs instead of their qualifications and doesn't seem to be very Christian like.

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I am happy they decided to keep prayer at the opening of their meetings... If you are not a Christian, no one is making you bow your head in prayer... That is your American option.... We don't condemn other religions for praying at their meetings, etc... We just don't have to participate.

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You missed a great opportunity to use your podium to teach listeners what our Constitution has to say about sectarian prayer in a public meeting held by public officials in a public building.  Our forefathers knew how wrong it was to have a "state" religion and they wisely wrote our first amendment to stop those in the majority from misusing their power.  This isn't about prayer.  It's about one type of prayer being said at a public meeting by government officials.  A moment of silence is acceptable which gives all participants in the meeting the opportunity to pray if they wish to or not pray if they so desire.  It allows each to say the prayer they want to say.  But offering a public prayer, out loud, forces me to listen to your prayer and you, perhaps, to listen to mine.  That has been found to be unconstitutional since it promotes one religion over another and that's what our forefather's didn't want to happen.

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