“I like to give a neighboring city a little support. I think they are being bullied (Rapid City Common Council). If you sue one of us; you have to sue all of us ... Sitting up here, I can’t help but remind us that there is something more powerful than government.” --Meade County Commissioner Alan Aker

The Meade County Commission has decided to open meetings with prayer. Rapid City, and the potential legal conflict the city has gotten itself in, evidently served as the inspiration.

The commission voted 4-1 to start with prayers, over the protestations of some citizens. Commissioners, however, were confident the majority of Meade County residents would stand behind prayers.

Commissioners argued prayer was constitutional because the U.S. Congress opens in prayer and the president took the oath of office with his hand on not one, but two, Bibles.

Before the Freedom From Religion Foundation asked Rapid City to end prayers (twice), apparently the Meade County Commission didn't think praying was necessary. But now that Rapid City is being threatened, Meade County feels it necessary stand alongside it's neighbor to the south.

The stand comes at the same time that Spearfish "real estate entrepreneur" Rand Williams wants to build a Christ on the Mountain on public land above Spearfish. City officials so far see little problem with erecting a religious monument on public land, though it hasn't happened yet.

Contact Aaron Orlowski at 484-7069 or aaron.orlowski@rapidcityjournal.com

(2) comments

Fred Chestnut

Why is it that the same fools who claim christianity isn't a religion claim science and atheism are religions?

whosthatbrown

Matthew chapter 6 states: “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward."
There's no reason these city council members should be taking time out of meetings to flaunt their religion. All these council members are trying to do is appear righteous in the eyes of voters and their fellow councilmen.

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