When I go to a Christian's house for dinner, I have no objection to the saying of grace before the meal. To object or complain about private prayer would be rude and ungracious. However, when I attend a public meeting, I am offended if I am asked to take the time to listen to prayers or other religious mutterings that make no sense to me whatsoever. After all, I have my own beliefs and practices, being an avid advocate of the FSM. The only ritual the FSM has is that every Friday, beginning at sundown, we must drink beer. This leads to a great deal of fellowship. When three or more of us come together, we occasionally take a moment to give thanks for the magical transformation of mash into lager. Or, one of us might read a paragraph from the Beer Maker's Bible.
The point is, I would never ask someone to yield some of their precious time while I publicly recited thanks for the miracle of fermentation. I wish everyone would be as polite and reciprocate. Sure, the FSM is a spoof, but it makes as much sense to me as prayer in public.
GARY F. BOOTHE, Pasco