Although I am not a resident of Augusta, I do live in proximity. Regardless of any connection, I am proud that Mayor Deke Copenhaver is unafraid and unashamed to gather community leaders for a prayer breakfast. As a Christian, I am pleased that a government official has the courage to do it; I am impressed that he subscribes to the benefits of such a gathering.
Christians have been too quiet for too long. It is time that believers stand up and speak out. Such action may take many varied avenues of manifestation. For the mayor, it is his prayer breakfast. I am truly grateful that he chooses to do this.
America was founded upon Godly principles. Our Constitution, which today is virtually ignored in Washington, D.C., guarantees us the freedom “of” religion, not freedom “from” religion. Our Founding Fathers did not want to establish a national faith, but rather sought to protect the privilege of the free exercise of faith by individuals. The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (“Prayer breakfasts scrutinized,” July 7) is out of line to challenge the mayor or any other group based on the free exercise of one’s faith.
A recent NBC survey cited 86 percent supported keeping “In God We Trust” on our currency and “one nation under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance. Obviously the Wisconsin group belongs to the 14 percent for whom we need to pray.
I personally commend Mayor Copenhaver, and sincerely wish other leaders at all levels would follow his example. If that could become a reality, perhaps the direction in which our nation is moving could be altered.