Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Miami-Dade Commission Re-institutes Opening Prayer

In Florida yesterday, the Miami-Dade County Commission voted 8-3 to re-institute prayer before the opening of the Commission's formal meetings.  The Miami Herald reports that the vote comes after an intensive 18-month lobbying effort by the Christian Family Coalition to bring back prayers instead of the moment of silence that replaced the invocation in 2004. Commissioners will rotate in choosing someone to lead the prayer, or lead it themselves. The invocation must be non-denominational, and will be offered before the roll call of commissioners. During debate on the bill, the commissioners agreed to the rotation format, instead of having the county clerk compile a database of local religious leaders to choose from which would have cost $26,000 to implement. The ACLU said that if the prayers turn out to be sectarian, it will file suit.  However, Anthony Verdugo, executive director of the Christian Family Coalition, said the vote ended "8½ years of discrimination."

4 comments:

aberrosexualismo said...
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Dr. Judy Meissner said...

This vote is a great victory for civil rights. At last, 8 1/2 years of discrimination and intolerance have come to an end. Commissioners Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Jean Monestime, Rebeca Sosa, Xavier Suarez, Juan Zapata, Bruno Barreiro, Esteban “Steve” Bovo and Audrey Edmonson are to be commended for honoring the U.S. Constitution and supporting Speech Equality. Religious speech cannot be discriminated, censored or silenced in the United States. This ordinance is very important because it will generate good will in the community and respect for all people.

Dr. Judy Meissner said...
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Dr. Judy Meissner said...

Is Anyone at the ACLU Keeping Tabs on Howard Simon?

Mr. Howard Simon ramblings against the overwhelmingly approved Miami-Dade County Invocation Restoration Ordinance are absolutely absurd. He is recklessly leading the Florida ACLU down the wrong path. Mr. Simon is using the group's clout to fight civil rights, rather than defend them; to push for discrimination, rather than oppose it; to divide and polarize the community, rather than unite it.

Mr. Simon has completely lost it. His Chicken Little reaction to what essentially is a speech equality issue is symptomatic of an individual totally disconnected from the group he represents.

The American people have started public meetings with invocations and prayer since our nation’s founding and the sky has never fallen. So what’s all the silly hysteria about? Could it be bigotry, intolerance, and Christianophobia? Why hasn’t Simon already sued the 67% of Miami-Dade municipalities that begin sessions with formal prayer? He certainly has had more than enough time to file!

Those in charge of ACLU Florida would do well to retire Mr. Simon before he inflicts more damage to the group’s good name and financial resources, like needlessly wasting donors’ money on laughable, frivolous lawsuits that, frankly, don’t have a prayer.