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Letters to the Editor: July 3, 2015

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Comments

Mudstump

Angela Flood - Thank you for your excellent letter. You have made the case for prayer free government meetings, but our commissioners will ignore you and do exactly as they please. They seem to defiantly resist requests that they be prudent with the tax payer's money. Praying before the meeting or speaking silently and turning inward to communicate using their personal relationship with God or keeping religion out of government isn't enough for them. They will force their beliefs down the throats of the people they represent. Their arrogance and self-righteousness and their lack of compassion and respect for others is evident....not to mention the utter failure of the commissioners to do their job responsibly with the utmost care in spending our county funds. Do they want to pray or work?

Horse with no name

Thanks so much for speaking up Angela. Many citizens in our county are afraid to speak up because they feel they will be treated unfairly by going against the commissioners religious agenda. They have a right to based on historical events involving murder and bombings by religious fanatics that feel anyone speaking against them is the devil and should be killed. These commissioners have made it clear they believe the bible is the infallible word of God. That is a green light for their multi-generational army to follow orders: “2 Chronicles 15:12-13 ESV - And they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and with all their soul, but that whoever would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, should be put to death, whether young or old, man or woman.” This is no way to run a government.

miketubbs1

"Many citizens in our county are afraid to speak up...." ~drama queen

Spongebob

Nice use of quoted scripture to bolster your fear mongering, Horse. Unfortunately, you failed to provide any context for it, so it becomes nothing but a pretext for your continued guilt-by-association screed.

While I do not favor prayers at public meetings, your reactionary hyperventilating does little to posit a rational discourse for correction. Better luck next time.

tagup

"Drama Queen"..?? retaliation seems like a legitimate concern.....

miketubbs1

Retaliate how, tagup? Please be specific.

Seabiscuit

Ms. Flood must be getting bored with the Lafayette City Council!


Citizens have spoken up all over. They have even gone to court and lost...

But preaching at tax-funded events, such as commission and council meetings, seems to be acceptable.

SCOTUS
1983 Marsh v. Chambers
12-696 2014,Town of Greece v. Galloway

Agree, disagree, like it, don't like it. The decisions are in, it is perfectly legal and it is not at all an uncommon practice across the State of Oregon and the US in all sorts of official public meetings of legislative bodies, commissions, committees and others at the city, county, state or federal level.