Seniors in Georgia told not to pray before federally funded meals

As incredible (or not) as it may seem, senior citizens at a Georgia rest home have been told by a company that contracts with the city of Port Wentworth that, since the meals they provide are primarily subsidized by the federal government, they should not openly pray before meals.

The result?  This past Thursday's meal was preceeded by a "moment of silence" instead.  The city's Mayor and City Attorney are trying to find a way out of the problem.

Via the AP:

Mayor Jones said he was outraged by the change and has promised to find a solution.

"It was one of the hardest things I ever did as mayor is to look those people in the eyes and ask them to be patient with me and honor their God in a moment of silence until I can have a resolution to this," Jones said. "For me to look at their eyes and tell them they can't thank God for their food, it's unheard of - I can't take it."

Jones said he flirted with the idea of ending a contract the city has with Senior Citizens Inc.

"Like one lady said, 'You can stop me from speaking, but you can't stop me from praying what's in my heart,"' he said. "But the best answer right now is that we're trying to get the best information possible and legal council is looking at what would happen if we continued to pray."

We can't help but think that there are probably veterans in this senior center who fought for our freedoms, including the freedom to practice our faith, and now the government of the very country they fought for is telling them they can pray in the open if they eat the government's food.



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