When is a prayer not a prayer? When Manassas City Manager Larry Hughes gives his opinion:
“The invocations are very ecumenical in content and tone; it is closer to a statement of hope and thanks than a traditional prayer,” said Manassas City Manager Larry Hughes. “There are no religious references in the statements.”
When you give thanks, Mr. Hughes, just who are you supposedly giving thanks to? Nobody? Methinks another government official has gotten so scared of his politically correct shadow he’s resorted to utter gibberish when confronted by that situation where you otherwise might be well served to draw upon something such as 1 Peter 3:15-16.
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
Perhaps this question ought to be posed to Don Richardson, as the answer would certainly be enlightening. The last time he ever had someone from his district offer a prayer for an invocation instead of a moment of silence (as if PWCSB Board meetings were memorials for the dead) is like, well, never.
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