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Posted: Friday, June 26, 2009 10:00 pm

This out-of-state group that is so concerned with prayers at our City Council meetings brings to my mind the story I just heard a couple of weeks ago from a young woman who came here from the Ukraine.

She was just nine years old when she was sent to stay with her grandmother in a small town in Russia. When she found out her grandmother had become a Christian, she asked her why and was told the story of how some of the communist officials had come to her village and had all the townspeople go to the square, shake their fists at the sky and chant out loud, "There is no God!" Her grandmother started thinking about it and came to the conclusion that if there was no God, why were they made to denounce Him? She became a Christian and passed her faith on to her granddaughter.

Doesn't it kind of make you wonder what this group is so afraid of? If I were in a position of making decisions for a community, I would want all the help and guidance I could get - especially if it came from God! And, if a person doesn't believe in God, then prayer just becomes a bunch of words - inoffensive ones at that! I don't know about you, but I could stand to hear kind words of encouragement all day long.

If you really dig into the history of this country (your high school history book isn't in-depth enough), you will find that the very base of it was founded on a deep belief in God and His principals. But that is a whole other story that this country needs to revisit.

Even if you don't have faith, it seems to me free speech is still free speech, no matter what your viewpoint. So why should prayer be rejected from a category which seems to serve so many other lifestyles and opinions? What are they afraid of?

Cher Grenie

Lodi

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