It is presumptuous of me to include myself in the “good men” group, so maybe I’ll just go with the “trying to be good men” group. I was going to skip writing about the prayer for the City Council event, but then I wouldn’t even be in the “trying to be good men” group.
All efforts to do good and help others to do good should be applauded and encouraged. That is what the invocation does for our community and its leaders, so there needs to be a really good reason if we are not going to do it.
So far I have heard three reasons: An anonymous citizen, a member of a Wisconsin group who tries to keep anyone from listening to an invocation before council meetings, has said we should stop. A city attorney said we should stop to avoid a lawsuit. And the Tracy Press editorial board says we should stop because it’s time.
These reasons are not good enough for me. Not to offend any of you, but maybe we could use the sun-colored rule in this case. I’ll let you not pray when it is your turn, and you let me pray when it is my turn. Everyone may sign up at his or her earliest convenience.