Hi Iceblink. Haven't seen you in a while. Nice to have your clear thinking back on the forum.
waccamatt saidWhy not just go about our events without a prayer or moment of silence?
You got my vote. The invocation every time made me a little uncomfortable--this whole idea of mortals invoking God, you know, without calling first, it seemed so rude--so I'd just disguise my thoughts with a poker face for the minute or few it lasted to get through.
I'd be up in one of those seats in front of everyone so I had to be on my best behavior. I wouldn't do the bowing head thing, so that was probably noticed. But I did try to keep a respectful expression though more likely if anyone really looked I probably looked like I'd just chewed on something that shouldn't have been served at that dinner party and didn't have a place or opportunity to spit.
Actually what I do in those moments is sort of separate myself from the situation and just observe others observing their observances. It's like going to a mall with friends. They're all involved in their shopping but for me it's an anthropological field trip.
To me the opening prayer violates separation of church and state. Nobody is preventing anyone from praying all they want before or after a meeting. But during a meeting no prayer should make anyone feel awkward for just being in attendance. It's rude.