In Connecticut, the Hartford City Council wanted local Muslim imams to deliver invocations during two of their meetings… it’s September and this was an attempt to reach out to that community.
The decision went over very well:
… it brought on a slew of hateful emails and phone calls. Amid the public outcry, the council revoked that decision after public outcry.
Instead of standing up for the Muslim community, Council President Jo Winch appeased the nutcases. There shouldn’t be prayers at these meetings at all, but if you’re going to do it, you ought to at least invite people from all backgrounds, Humanists included, to deliver the invocation.
But that’s too much for Hartford to deal with, I guess.
Winch said they’d do a moment of silence all month instead.
“We represent everyone in the city of Hartford,” she said earlier Monday. “So in an effort to not isolate or mistreat anyone, my decision was made to hold a moment of silence because that way everyone can participate and nobody is infringed upon.”
But after September, they’ll go back to infringing upon everyone who doesn’t believe in their god.
There’s an easy solution to all of this, of course.
Leave the public prayers at home. Stop wasting time with moments of silence. When you’re at work, stick to doing your damn job.
(Thanks to Lauren for the link.)