Friday, October 26, 2012

Prayer at Miami-Dade Gov't Meetings, ACLU to Sue

Florida's Miami-Dade commissioners voted 10-1 backing opening prayers for its meetings.  Not surprisingly, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida threatened legal action to stop it.
Religion “is what this country was made from.”
-- Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz
For background, read Prayer in America: Hidden Faith, or Public? and also read Missouri Votes to Bring Prayer Back to School, Countering Atheists

-- From "Miami-Dade Commission gives preliminary OK to sponsoring prayer before its meetings" by Charles Rabin, The Miami Herald 10/23/12

The ordinance mandates that the person giving the invocation would be chosen by commissioners from a database of “religious congregations with an established presence within Miami-Dade County” compiled by the county clerk’s office. It calls for no one person to give the invocation more than three times a year, and opens it to leaders of all faiths.

“A legislative invocation shall not be exploited to convert others to any particular faith, to advance any particular faith or to disparage any other faith or belief,” the ordinance reads.

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