Here we go with another fake issue manufactured by people who hide their proselytizing agenda behind charitable work. The purpose of Meals on Wheels is to provide food to the hungry. Prayer is optional, but it won't be if the people in charge are "leading" it. Like all charitable organizations, Meals on Wheels isn't a religious function -- in other words, Meals on Wheels is not a vehicle for religious practice or proselytizing.
Rather than subject everybody to a public prayer, inidviduals can choose to "say grace" privately or not. As someone who has spent many years in church activities and attending a conservative Christian university, I know that audible prayers are more often than not simply a tool for conveying a message to the assembled rather than to any deity.
Between this and the pro-discrimination legislation being considered, the religious mania that seems to be sweeping America is downright disgusting. Despite what today's Christian Pharisees tell us, nobody's religious freedom is being infringed if/when Christians obey anti-discrimination laws and uphold the often-implied and obviously intended separation of church and state. The nod and wink our government continues to give religious organizations and rabble rousers needs to stop. The government should not encourage this insidious mania.
-- MIKE WILSON, Richland