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Christians successfully restore prayer to board meetings
December 9, 2012 at 7:24 AM

The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners has voted to restore prayer to open meetings.

In 2004, two members of the board decided they were offended with Christian prayer and successfully lobbied fellow members to open instead with a moment of silence. The Christian Family Coalition got to work and one of the hostile members was replaced with a Christian, as spokesman Anthony Verdugo explains.


"To eliminate religious speech in the form of solemnizing the prayer is discrimination, and so what we told the commissioners is all we want to do is restore free-speech rights and restore speech equality so that everyone can speak openly and freely so long as it's civil discourse," he tells OneNewsNow.

The commission voted 8-3 to restore prayer prior to the roll call for the meeting.

"We are a metropolitan area, but we also have to be an inclusive and welcoming community and we talk about being inclusive and welcoming and tolerant," he says. "That includes people of faith also because we too are part of this community. We're not isolated from it, so our free-speech rights must also be respected and upheld."

Under the policy, the commissioners will select on a rotating basis someone from the area to conduct the prayer -- or commissioners themselves can elect to offer the prayer.



  • KamWorthy
    December 14, 2012 at 10:05 AM
    I can only go by what the article shares. The article states the member was hostile, and removed. Should there be any additional information that comes to light , I will be happy to consider it.
    Quoting LoveMyBoyK:

    You apparently have additional info - care to share your source? Because the article offers NO evidence of hostility on the removed member's part aside from a one word description by a group notorious for believing any disagreement with them constitutes "hostility".

    Quoting KamWorthy:

    According to the article, the "child" on the playground who was supposedly being excluded, was a hostile little stinker, which is a horrible way to behave just because you aren't getting your way. This is why the "child" was replaced, and voting commenced.

    Quoting LoveMyBoyK:

    Not really. But I am not shocked you would think so. Excluding all but one is something most learn on the playground is a horrible way to behave. Unfortunately, some Christians never learned that lesson.

    ETA: was meant for Kam

    Quoting candlegal:

    yes it does, some of us find it morally repugnant that they had to stop praying because of one person.

    Quoting KamWorthy:

    It all depends on what side you're on I guess. ;)

    Quoting LoveMyBoyK:

    It is morally repugnant to turn an all inclusive moment of silence into a majority rules exclusive prayer session, especially at a government meeting.

    Quoting KamWorthy:

    Eh, no, of course not lol... apparently according to the Miami-Dade Board of county Commissioners this is not forced prayer. This is one of those instances where you and others may not like the outcome, but the votes have spoken. Just like in this last political election. The people voted into law what they wanted. It is what it is.

    Quoting Raintree:

    Quoting KamWorthy:

    "If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in freedom of expression at all". -Noam Chomsky

    Are you thinking that old Noam thinks that coerced, governmental prayer is 'freedom of expression'?

  • jaxTheMomm
    December 14, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Nobody ever looks anything up.

    Anthony Verdugo is the spokesman for Focus on the Family.  Not for the board, not for the voters.  It was he that described one member as "hostile".  You can read a whole lot into that.

  • romalove
    December 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Quoting jaxTheMomm:

    Nobody ever looks anything up.

    Anthony Verdugo is the spokesman for Focus on the Family.  Not for the board, not for the voters.  It was he that described one member as "hostile".  You can read a whole lot into that.

    He was hostile to PRAYER at the meeting, not to everything in general.

    Geesh the lengths people will go to ....

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