Weatherford City Council Replaces Moment of Silence with Prayer

The city of Weatherford, Texas wants to be sued. You know how I know? Because I read the last sentence of this article:

Councilwoman Heidi Wilder said she felt that the possibility of litigation would be “remote.”

Take a *wild* guess as to why someone might sue them…

YES! More prayer. Because moments of silence just aren’t enough for people:

At a May council meeting, some suggested having a moment of silence, rather than a prayer, to start the meetings.

But the Rev. Scott Wilson of All Saints’ Episcopal Church urged the council Tuesday to reject that idea.

“While we understand this effort to satisfy a variety of citizens — for us it’s not adequate,” he said. “We know that members of the City Council pray privately before they begin their sessions and certainly that should be beneficial for those that pray. But a corporate prayer goes a great deal further; it becomes beneficial to the whole city.”

An invocation, he said, would show that Weatherford is a city under God.

Wait, what?! Paraphrasing the reverend: “I know you’re trying to make everyone happy with the moment of silence… but it’s not good enough unless we exclude some of them.”

The city council then voted 4-1 in favor of replacing the silence with a predominantly Christian prayer:

“When I look at the fact that the Supreme Court of the United States has a prayer prior to starting each session and the Senate and the House of Representatives, both in the United States and in Texas, have a prayer to each of their meetings, it’s something that I would very much like to see us do,” [Councilman Jeff] Robinson said. “Praying on your own is great, but when you pray as a group I think great things can happen.”

Because 0 x a big number is… Oh. Right.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has already sent them a letter of warning.

(Thanks to Chuck for the link!)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/rogi.riverstone Rogi Riverstone

     http://youtu.be/7AXTJltaGCY Non Sectarian Prayer Policy Adopted – Torrance County Commission 05/23/2012

  • Fsq

    What the hell is going on in this country? Why do we even bother with laws and a Constitution if the ELECTED OFFICIALS WILLFULLY REFUSE TO FOLLOW THEM?

    If I was to walk into a 7-11 and shop-lift a packet of twinkies I would be in serious trouble, yet these mother fuckers swear an OATH to uphold law and then willfully and wantonly disregard it and break it with no consequences.

    And it is happening more and more frequently. Why? What is taking place to make this happen?

    I urge EVERYONE to scroll down to the SSC Expansion entry and find your state, contact the organization and donate either time or money.

    This is getting beyond sacray. This is becoming bone-chilling because the implications are immense. Elected leaders can force christina bullshit down our collective throats and break the country’s law —- FUCK ‘God’s Law BTW —- and nothiung happens to them.

    Shit, we couldn’t even manage to convince people in Wisconsin, the birth place of the occupy movement, to vote in their best interest.

    This needs to be stopped and needs to be stoppes STAT.

    Be afraid people, seriously, be very very afraid.

    • Annie

      I know.  I’m working on a dystopian novel that is set in the US after Christians take over.  I have a growing concern  that I won’t finish it or find a publisher before it actually happens…

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Reed/692599362 Paul Reed

         Yep, nothiung is more sacray than Christina Bullshit!

        Sorry, couldn’t resist  ;)

        • Fsq

          I type at the speed of stupidity and am spoiled by having editors…..i never go back and proofread! That’s what CEs are for! :)

  • John Small Berries

    It always amuses me that Christians are so insistent upon doing what Jesus explicitly told them not to do.

    Verily, they have their reward.

  • Beau Quilter

    Since the Weatherford politicians brought it up, does anyone know the history of any attempts to remove publicly endorsed prayer from the Supreme Court or Congress?

  • http://www.facebook.com/elisabeth.vaeth Elisabeth Vaeth

    Wait, so this guy is claiming that great things are happening in the Senate and House of Representatives?? Those are poor choices to bolster his argument.

    • Annie

      Ha!  I didn’t even think of that.  Looks like the perfect reason to remove prayer from Congress, as clearly, it isn’t working. 

  • http://twitter.com/Buffy2q Buffy

    It’s like they’re trying to provoke a lawsuit so they can whine about how persecuted they are.  

  • amycas

    Yep, the Metroplex Atheist group is already on it. Apparently the treasurer of American Atheists lives in Weatherford. 


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