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‘Jesus Christ’ Banned from Council Prayers

muhl Wrote: Mar 09, 2013 3:07 PM
Whatever happened to free speech? Admittedly, it is restricted from potentially harmful things like yelling "FIRE!" in a crowded place, but offering up the Name Of "Jesus" in a simple prayer; what harm is there in that?
Rich D. Wrote: Mar 09, 2013 7:51 PM
You are free to yell "fire" anytime, but not a liberty to do so if there is no fire. If there isn't, you will not be charged for your speech if you had reason to believe that there was one. Otherwise, you can be charged with risking a catastrophe or causing a riot if that is the result.
goldilocks Wrote: Mar 11, 2013 12:57 PM
r d, good points

as always, thanks for your posts/replies
goldilocks Wrote: Mar 09, 2013 3:08 PM
if you have to ask, then...

The mayor of a Washington town has directed pastors to stop invoking the name “Jesus Christ” in city council invocations.

Don Jensen, the mayor of Longview, Wash., told the Kelso-Longview Ministerial Association that prayers mentioning Christ were not acceptable because they could expose the city to a lawsuit.

The decision has sparked controversy in the city – located about 50 miles north of Portland, Ore.

Mark Schmutz, who pastors the Northlake Baptist Church, said if they can’t speak the name Jesus Christ, association ministers will no longer provide the invocation.

“We need to be able to speak Jesus’ name,” he told...