Art pointed out another article from the Star Advertiser which resonated with both of us.
It's something that former Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle is quoted as saying. She was citing the Republican "party's frequent practice of opening events with Christian prayers though people like her, are of different faiths."
Lingle said she respects her Christian, Catholic and Mormon friends but wonders what Jews, Buddhists and people of other faiths at GOP events think when "they are never given the respect when prayers are given."
She warned the Republican Party that, "When you send the message out of exclusivity, people don't want to join your group."
I remember Art mentioning when he used to work for the U.S.E.P.A. that at work related lunches a Christian prayer would often be given before the meal. He wondered, too what his colleagues of the Jewish or other faiths must be feeling.
It was the same for me at our Illinois school when I first started working there. I knew of several teachers who were of the Jewish faith and did mention my concern to the principal. I felt school should be a place where all children and teachers of different faiths should be respected and loved. I see too often how it is just assumed that you must be Christian.
Our country needs to get past this in order to get along with the rest of the world. What we (our country and world) need is love, understanding and respect for all the different faiths and views.
But then, that's just our opinion. We were never huge fans of Governor Lingle (who campaigned for Sarah Palin), but we sure do agree with her on this.
ALSO: I have friends/relatives who may read this and are wondering if I'm referring to the different parties we've attended that had a Christian, Jewish, etc. prayer involved at their homes. That was a private party, not public, and we were happy to take part. We've also had people who came to our house and asked to give a Christian prayer. It's OK, we respect your desire to say a prayer in your own way and you are welcome to do so. We just ask for the same respect and kindness.
OK... I'll get off my soapbox now.