Regarding the May 6 news article “ Court upholds public prayers”: Theists are asking for everyone to respect their beliefs. The Supreme Court has now ruled that prayers in public meetings do not violate the Constitution’s separation of church and state. Now our civic leaders can confidently invoke the spirit world before every gathering, declaring their subservience to and asking for wisdom from any and all supernatural beings out there who are eager to participate in the people’s business.
The five of nine justices base their opinion on the dubious argument that we have a “history of acknowledgment” and it “comports with our tradition.” In other words, we have always done it this way. I thought we dispensed with that logic after it failed to defend slavery and the denial of suffrage. I do not believe this flawed argument will stand the test of time.
Of course, in our democracy an atmosphere of equality and respect is a necessity. But merely calling something a religion does not make it worthy of everyone’s respect. Faith in concepts that cannot endure critical thought does not merit respect or even admiration. Non-Christians should share the microphone and exercise their equal rights to espouse the brotherhood of mankind. It beats the alternative.