What bothers me most about this is the intentional misrepresentation that "prayer is being denied" to the Meals On Wheels patrons. Nothing is further from the truth.
What is in question is "Does the food service have a duty to either 'lead' their clients in prayer, or as is far more likely, ask someone else to?"
For those who would answer "Yes," imagine entering a restaurant and upon receiving your meal, someone asking if you would like them to lead you in grace, or even being reminded that you 'forgot' to do it yourself. Since most don't even like people from other faiths witnessing to them, particularly at their front door. I think most would protest.
Who really is complaining the most, those who lead the prayers or their flock?
As the May 30 article said, claiming it to be "simple and nondenominational" they still "veer into political territory" and personal biases. The only prayer that will please, (and not offend) all faiths and beliefs is silent, individual prayer.
I appreciate John Rupp's concern over the increasing religious diversity in the program, (and in the rest of our country), and the rights of individuals to pray according to their own faiths, and concerns. And, in asking for the opinions of the advisory committee.
Regardless of their eventual recommendations, he did the right thing. Their duty is to the clients "nutritional" needs, not their "religious" ones.
-- D. L. (ANDY) ANDERSON, Richland