Monday, May 10, 2010

No Prayer At Senior Center ... Protects Government Subsidy

Port Wentworth nixes prayer at senior center |
Strict guidelines

Tim Rutherford, Senior Citizens Inc. vice president, said some of his staff recently visited the center and noticed people praying shortly before lunch was served. Rutherford said his company provides meals like baked chicken, steak tips and rice and salads at a cost of about $6 a plate. Seniors taking the meals pay 55 cents and federal money foots the rest of the bill, Rutherford said.

"We can't scoff at their rules," he said of federal authorities. "It's a part of the operational guidelines."

Rutherford said the moment of silence was introduced to protect that funding. He said although the change may have been misinterpreted, perhaps his company could have done a better job selling it.

"It's interpreted that we're telling people that they can't pray, but we aren't saying that," he said. "We're asking them to pray to themselves. Have that moment of silence."

OK, you can pray but not out loud. This is simply common sense separation of church and state. Who could complain about that? Are you anti government? Just settle down, the government knows what is best for you, especially when it involves things like prayer and thought and speaking.

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