Jewish Journal

County claims Lord’s Prayer is ‘generic and universal prayer’

by Brad A. Greenberg

October 14, 2011 | 10:18 am

Prayers are a common feature before city and county council meetings. They also are an occasional subject of lawsuits because the invocations are not non-denominational as the law requires.

Currently, Delaware’s Sussex County is being sued for opening not with a non-specific invocation but with the Lord’s Prayer. Incredulously, the county has responded in a court filing by claiming that the Lord’s Prayer—“Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name ...”—is not an exclusively Christian prayer. Via Delaware Online:

In a recent court filing, an attorney defending the county wrote: “It is as generic and universal a prayer as can be crafted, inoffensive in its non-denominational textual statements of supplication and belief, and as all-inclusive as a prayer may reasonably be.”

Right ...

The Lord’s Prayer appears in the Gospels and has been uttered throughout Christian history. I’ve never heard of Jews or Muslims or Hindus or any other religious folks saying it.

Much more about the lawsuit from Delaware Online here.

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