S.C. FFRF prayer complaint sparks debate

Some argue this is a war against religion, but one could say it’s saving religion. If you keep the religion from government, you keep government out of religion.
Bob Botsch, University of South Carolina-Aiken professor of political science, on FFRF’s complaint about city council prayers
Aiken Standard, 8-9-10

There are more of us than there are of them.
Leon Everette, Faith Riders for Christ, supporting prayers at City Council meetings after an FFRF complaint
Aiken [S.C.] Standard, 8-10-10

The question is, can we afford not to do it? Our lord and savior Jesus Christ stood up for us. And it’s about time we stood up for him. And I’ll say that in a public meeting, a private meeting, wherever.
State Sen. Shane Martin, on fighting FFRF’s challenges to government endorsement of religion in South Carolina
Spartanburg Herald-Journal, 7-27-10

Mayor Burnett’s statement that anyone who disagreed with public Christian prayer at [Woodruff] council meetings could enter after the prayer is one of the most condescending and insulting comments any public official could make. Burnett denigrates and minimalizes the relevance of any constituent who supports the First Amendment, and/or disagrees with his dictates, or whose faith might not be Christian.
George Fain, Spartanburg, S.C., letter to the editor
Spartanburg Herald-Journal, 7-30-10

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