- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 21, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The quibbling over who gets to say the prayers at the inauguration activities is petty (“Politics of prayer,” Commentary, Monday). I believe in prayer, but too often, flowery public prayer is for show and is meant to impress not God, but human listeners. God is not fooled by our attempts to show outwardly how religious we are.

When it is time for prayer at all the inauguration events, it would be more meaningful if, each time, there would be two minutes of silent prayer. That way, the people attending the events and the millions of people watching on television could offer their prayers to the Creator of all of us, no matter our religion, race, gender or sexual orientation. The silent prayers would include everyone and would stop the petty bickering.

PAUL L.

WHITELEY SR.

Louisville, Ky.


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