From Stand Firm
Hartford (Connecticut) City Council To Begin With Muslim Prayers
The Council announced Tuesday that it has invited local imams to perform Islamic invocations at the beginning of the Council meetings in September.
An e-mail from the Common Council called it "an act of solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters."
The email even referenced the ongoing issue in New York. "One of the goals of the Council is to give a voice to the many diverse peoples of the City, which is especially important given the recent anti-Islam events throughout the country."
"I feel it is very important that, as a Council, we project a culture of inclusiveness in the City of Hartford. Too often it is our differences that divide us. In my opinion, it is our combination of differences that makes us strong," Winch said.
A couple of points from the comments:
1. From a Christian perspective, Muslims are not our brothers or sisters. We may have Muslim friends or neighbours, but, aside of course from our secular families, only fellow members of the Body of Christ are our true brothers and sisters.
2. Hopefully the ACLU and all other secular, "separation of church and state" advocates will be all over this. They certainly would be if the council meetings began with Christian prayers.