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Perry, prayer & politics

I thought it was sad when the atheists started complaining because we were going to get together and pray in Houston. But for Christians to complain about it just totally took me by surprise (July 18, Aug. 1).

It's very likely that it won't be a perfect group. There will be people there with wrong motives. There will be unrepentant sinners there along with arrogant, self-righteous Christians. It will probably be a whole lot like Sunday morning in church. But some of us, as a city, as a state and as a country, are going to come together and pray for our nation. How can you possibly object to that?

We as a country spend our public funds on obscene artwork, free birth control contraceptives, studies of people's sex lives and a thousand other ridiculous things. But if we dare to spend a dime on a prayer assembly, atheists will come out of the woodwork to protest.

It just breaks my heart for people of God to throw negative comments at this because they're afraid it might be "political," which I take to mean they're afraid that people "in politics" might pray or that people who pray might be politically involved.

Joanna Cooke


Texas Baptist ForumAs someone who believes in the separation of church and state, I don't think Christian politicians such as Rick Perry should be participating in public prayer events.

According to the book of Matthew, Jesus said that people who pray in public are hypocrites. Imagine if Christian politicians actually practiced what Jesus preached.

Chuck Mann

Greensboro, N.C.

You have stirred up a hornet's nest with your public prayer rally critique (July 18, Aug. 1), which is valid. However, much of your criticism applies to a Billy Graham crusade.

In your latest, you stated the disparity of "economic opportunities proffered" to minorities. Economic opportunities are not proffered but earned. This white boy worked in a slaughterhouse working my way through college. I do not feel guilty or ashamed that I earn much more than minorities.

One has to explain the minorities that earn much more than poor whites. As you stated, the common denominator is education, hard work and frugality. This is why the Equal Employment Opportunity has been a dismal failure after decades.

"Blessed are the poor for they shall always be among us."

Fred Rosenbaum


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