Letters to the editor - Thursday (3-14-2013)
What a Bible verse tells us about prayer
Matthew 6:5-6 (from the New International Version) says, “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
How is public prayer the proper way to honor Jesus when it’s in direct defiance of his commandments? If the government of Rowan County won’t accede to the wishes of its citizens on the subject of public prayer, perhaps the commissioners should ask the one to whom they’re praying. His opinion on the subject seems abundantly clear.
— Stephanie Hamrick
Keep on praying
I have always been taught that the First Amendment was about the freedom of speech and religon and that is what this country was founded on. The ACLU should keep its nose out of our freedoms and be done away with. I am a veteran of 34 years service and fought for these freedoms.
If a person feels unwelcome, say your own prayer or stay at home. So commissioners, keep saying your prayers. This American is appalled by the ACLU.
— Gary Barringer