There goes that darned Barack Hussein Obama, waging war on Christianity again... this time by supporting official prayer at town council meetings:
In the current case, the Obama administration has told the court that Greece's practice should not be considered an endorsement. The town council's opening of its meetings with a Christian prayer "does not amount to an unconstitutional establishment of religion merely because most prayer-givers are Christian and many or most of their prayers contain sectarian references," wrote U.S. Solicitor Gen. Donald Verrilli Jr.
He noted that the House and Senate had official chaplains and that the court in 1983 upheld opening prayers in state legislatures. If local councils may have religious invocations, the law should not require them to "closely police the content of prayers," he said [David G. Savage, "Obama Administration Backs Prayer at Local Government Meetings," Los Angeles Times, 2013.08.08].
Come on, conservatives: if President Obama says it's right, it must be wrong!
Let me say it again: a solid wall of separation between church and state is good for both. Christianity in particular is meant to stand outside the halls of power, checking and challenging the secular state. When the church aligns with the state, the church loses some of its ability to raise its prophetic voice (not in prediction, but in protest).
And when the state gives the majority religion a taxpayer-funded place of privilege to broadcast its message, it alienates religious minorities and the irreligious.
President Obama, I don't need you to wage war on Christianity. But I expect a better defense of religion from government and of government from religion.