Ga. Seniors Told They Can’t Pray Before Meals

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May 10, 2010

WSBTV.com

PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. — Preston Blackwelder proudly showed off a painting of his grandmother that had hung next to the front door of his Port Wentworth home.

She was the woman who led him to God, Blackwelder said Friday.

And with that firm religious footing, Blackwelder said it would be preposterous to stop praying before meals at Port Wentworth’s Ed Young Senior Citizens Center near Savannah because of a federal guideline.

“She would say pray anyway,” Blackwelder said of his grandmother. “She’d say don’t listen.”

But Senior Citizens Inc. officials said Friday the meals they are contracted by the city to provide to Ed Young visitors are mostly covered with federal money, which ushers in the burden of separating church and state.

On Thursday, the usual open prayer before meals at the center was traded in for a moment of silence.

The dilemma is being hashed out by the Port Wentworth city attorney, said Mayor Glenn “Pig” Jones.

Tim Rutherford, Senior Citizens Inc. vice president, said some of his staff recently visited the center and noticed people praying shortly before lunch was served. Rutherford said his company provides meals like baked chicken, steak tips and rice and salads at a cost of about $6 a plate. Seniors taking the meals pay 55 cents and federal money foots the rest of the bill, Rutherford said.

“We can’t scoff at their rules,” he said of federal authorities. “It’s a part of the operational guidelines.”

Rutherford said the moment of silence was introduced to protect that funding. He said although the change may have been misinterpreted, perhaps his company could have done a better job selling it.

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3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • This is but one of many reasons we must keep government SMALL. The more this cancer grows the more dictatorial it becomes. The best way to fight back for now is at the polls. The importance has never been greater in our lifetime to join a Tea Party group and get out there. The “sit back and watch what happens” or the “denial” mentality is what will snuff out our hopes and dreams. The ACLU (Anti-Christians of Lucifer’s Underworld), SEIU, ACORN, Van Jones, Palosi, Reid, Obama and many others are evil entities bent on dominating America; dominating you and your children and destroying our Christian faith at every turn. Obama “says in his book” that if it all comes down, he will side with the Muslims! Are we so gullible we don’t see behind the veil of, who some swear, is the savior of our nation? Are we going to let this evil walk right into our living rooms, schools and even our retirement homes? This government is a two-headed serpent of elitist’s bent on the hope of changing this nation to a Communist State. Do nothing and there will be nothing you can do. The cloud will move over us and devour us as sure as you are reading this note. We are well on the way to seeing our freedoms and liberties evaporate like the mist on a summer morning. Get down on your knees and PRAY.

  • Jerry B. says:

    The appropriate response to the moment of silence by those of the Christian faith would be Our Father who art in Heaven……….

  • janet thomas says:

    i do not know what is happening to our country but i truly did believe that all americans had equal rights. everyday it seems now that we are not allowed to pray about anything because we may offend someone, well i am truly offended and i pay taxes,vote and all the things americans have rights to do. well equal rights means prayer. i am not telling you to pray but our country is sure trying to tell us not to. wake up government was founded and created by people who wanted GOD AS PART OF THEIR NATION AND CONSTITUTION AND COUNTRY. freedom and equal rights is for all not just the ones who think they have only rights. how about the citizens who want GOD AND COUNTRY TOGETHER.

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