A couple of years ago, before the Supreme Court ruled that sectarian invocation prayers were legal, the city of Huntsville, Alabama was threatened with a lawsuit for its overuse of Christian invocation-givers. In response, Huntsville City Council President Mark Russell (below) offered a possible solution and his colleague agreed:
A possible compromise, he said, is using a rotating roster of clergy from different faiths. Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Baha’i leaders have delivered a few council invocations through the years, but Russell estimated that 90-95 percent of the prayers are Christian.
“I think we’ll continue to want to open our meeting with a prayer of some sort,” he said.
Councilman Will Culver said he agrees with the idea of an opening prayer that rotates among different faiths.
“That’s the only way to do it, in my opinion,” Culver said Friday. “Everybody should have an opportunity.”
As we know, that’s essentially the solution the Supreme Court went with: People of all faiths must be allowed to give the invocations, but the invocations aren’t going away.