Council Discusses Prayer Before Meetings
Prayer in our schools and government has been a hot topic for many years. Now a Laredo city councilman wants to bring prayer back to city council meetings. Our Ryan Bailey spoke to him and has more in our top story tonight at ten.
Prayer in the government and schools is considered to be a taboo topic now, but city councilman Charlie San Miguel is looking to change that. Many we spoke to think it's a good idea.
"I think they should. There's nothing bad about praying and I think it will make it a better world or place."
"There's so many people that respect that in our schools and in public places so why not in our government?"
The idea came to San Miguel after seeing the state of Texas begin each day with a prayer.
"They rotate state reps or state senators and they introduce a clergy from their district and then they have a prayer."
Things become touchy because of the separation of church and state in our government.
"I believe in separation of church and state. It's not a bad thing but that's not what our government was founded on."
San Miguel wants to make sure that the city would not be stepping on toes but if they follow the state on other matters, why not this one?
"We're not dictating to anyone how they can worship. Everyone's free to worship however they can.”
"This is a free country, you have the freedom to go to whatever religion it is that you think is the right one."
"To let it become part of the community it would be nice to know they can do that."
Ryan Bailey, Laredo's pro 8 news.
The city council discussed this topic tonight and decided to have staffers look into how it is handled at the state level. They will revisit this issue once staff has presented their findings with the council.