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Bringing God into governmentPosted Wednesday, November 14, 2007, at 6:40 AM
Georgia's governor and lieutenant governor led prayers for rain Tuesday on the steps of the capitol building in Atlanta.
It's good to see state officials who don't mind publicly paying homage to a higher power. We could use the same in Tennessee.
Here's part of Perdue's prayer, as reported by the Associated Press:
"We acknowledge our wastefulness. We acknowledge that we haven't done the things we need to do.
"Father, forgive us and lead us to honor you as you honor us with the showers of blessing. Thank you, Lord, for the showers that come."
How much do you think God should be acknowledged in goverment? As much as possible, in my opinion, while preservating the separation of church and state. But a line should be drawn as far as particular denominations, or religious conservatism vs. liberalism -- that is, one particular religious group or stance -- dominating things. After all, the fact that our country and its government belong to ALL the people should always be kept in mind.
It's when particular groups want their views written into law, not just to be considered when making laws, that attempts to bring a religious angle into government decisions often backfire.
On a related note, the part of the prayer about acknowledging our wastefulness could apply to politicans of all stripes and should be prayed by them daily. Governments waste so much money on unneeded positions and projects while real needs go unanswered.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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