If you’ve been following the situation in Winter Garden, Florida, where the mayor had police remove a man from a city council meeting for refusing to stand for a prayer and the pledge of allegiance, you know that the city council voted to eliminate the prayer and have a moment of silence instead and to follow the First Amendment and allow people to sit during the pledge. But now they apparently want a do-over on those changes.
Winter Garden’s City Commission began its meeting Thursday evening with a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance — its first gathering since ending a long-standing practice of opening with a prayer. But commissioners then asked their legal adviser to go back and study the possibility of bringing prayer back again…
Before debating regular business Thursday, Rees asked city attorney Kurt Ardaman to bring the commission another policy. He did not specify his preference but he said last week he preferred to keep prayer as a part of the ceremonial opening.Commissioner Kent Makin who had voted to replace the prayer with a moment of silence also said he has had second thoughts.
“I don’t feel satisfied with the vote I gave,” Makin said. “Let’s take some time and review this and come up with a different policy.”
Let me translate that for you: “A bunch of authoritarian Christians who simply cannot stand the idea that they can’t force other people to listen to their prayers have inundated my office with complaints and I’m too much of a coward to tell them they’re wrong.” They are given the opportunity to pray during a moment of silence. Why is that not good enough for them? Because they absolutely demand that everyone else must sit through and listen to their prayers. You know who said that was a bad idea? The guy they claim to worship and follow.