Good morning, Netizens...
Port Wentworth, Georgia
The Augusta Chronicle
The Senior Citizens are back to praying before their meals at Port Wentworth's Ed Young Senior Citizens Center in Georgia. Senior Citizens, Inc., the owners of the Ed Young Senior Center informed everyone that seniors could no longer pray out loud before meals because the meals are partially funded by the federal government. That went over like a lead balloon.
Senior Citizens Inc. officials said last week that people could not pray out loud because of the federal government's rules regarding the separation of church and state. The company provides meals for about $6 a plate. Seniors taking the meals pay 55 cents and federal money foots the rest of the bill.
"I think it's wonderful," said Doris Allen, who is a regular at the center. "If it wasn't for God, you wouldn't have nothing."
To which I will only add, we should make prayer optional in other places, as well, such as schools, all city government functions (Boy, could they ever use a few good prayers there!) or anywhere else where people gather, regardless of federal government rules.
Your thoughts, of course, may differ.