Government-sponsored prayers

Some governmental bodies (legislatures, local governments, etc.) begin with official prayers.

Often those are required by conservative politicians.

Those conservatives typically oppose “Big Government.”

Ironically, they want “Big Government” to force us to pray in certain ways.

Not only does that blatantly contradict their opposition to “Big Government” oppressing us, but it also blatantly undermines legitimate religion.

 

Prayer should be personal and truly spiritual, but when “Big Government” imposes any prayer upon us, prayer is perverted and trivialized into just a meaningless ritual — a contemptible abuse by “Big Government.”

Jesus told people to pray privately instead of in public settings where people display their religiosity for other people to see.  See Matthew 6:1-8.

Publicly mandated prayer even more blatantly violates what Jesus taught.