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U.S. is now closer to theocracy

2014-05-11T00:00:00Z 2014-05-12T10:42:07Z U.S. is now closer to theocracy The Billings Gazette
May 11, 2014 12:00 am

Monday, May 5, marked a very sad and scary day for American democracy. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution "allows town boards to start their sessions with sectarian prayers."

The justices officially proclaimed that all levels of government can open their meetings with prayer. I have failed to find any prayer that is sectarianlike to be "one size fits all." In the real world, such government prayers focus on Jesus Christ as their savior. In short, they are mostly Christian. Consequently, our highest court has essentially thrown our Constitution out the window, especially the First Amendment, and placed another girder in support of our nation becoming a theocracy — plus furthering the mythology that our nation "is a Christian nation."

This should set well with all levels of government. For example, locally, our mayor possesses a fetish for prayer — prayer breakfasts, opening council meetings, etc. But it is not just the mayor. I would speculate that most of our elected officials hold identical fetishes. As of Monday, they are now legal and protected by the Supreme Court.

Let me be a bit positive about this new ruling by defining prayer: “Prayer. How to do nothing and still think you're helping." Now that fits many of our elected officials and their effectiveness for governing in the best interests of all their constituents — including atheists, Jews, wiccans, humanists and all others outside the box of the Lord, God and Jesus Christ.

So, welcome to the USA of theocracy.

Ralph Scott

Billings

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