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Letter to the editor: Vote needed on prayers at Historical Society meetings

April 3, 2012

To the editor:

Secularism has found its way to Tonganoxie.

Apparently the board of directors of the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society has decided to ban all prayers from its functions including the monthly membership meeting.

This was done by not even giving the members a chance to vote on it. I thought that in a democracy the majority rules. I would think that the majority of members are Christian and would be in favor of keeping the prayer at the beginning of the meeting. I am not, however, a spokesman for them. But we will never know for sure how they would have voted, will we? I am voting by not attending any more of their meetings. What are they afraid of? Has anyone complained about the prayer except a couple of board members?

Are they going to ban the Pledge of Allegiance next?

Bob Alden,



12345 8 years, 2 months ago

Bob, what purpose does prayer serve at the meeting? Why alienate the minority there that aren't Christian by having prayer? I can't see a real reason to have prayer there during a meeting. Nobody is losing the right to pray.


getagrip 8 years, 2 months ago

Why not pray? If you are part of the minority that isn't Christian, then you don't have to participate in the prayer.


12345 8 years, 2 months ago

Maybe after the prayer everyone else should get together and pray to Allah or maybe perform some wiccan ritual. Surely that won't make everyone else uncomfortable, right?

Full disclosure - I'm christian too. If they were praying I'd be doing it too. That doesn't make it right to be part of a meeting. That's making a captive audience sit through it and it's not right.


HCKJR 8 years, 2 months ago

Bob, I'm pretty sure the Historical Society IS a secular organization formed to promote the History of Tonganoxie. It was not formed to promote religion. All people, whether of faith or not are welcome to come to the monthly meetings. If prayer is that important to you maybe a prayer before you come or a personal silent prayer as soon as you get there would be the way to go.


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