There seems to be some issues that run a little deeper maybe than how I am presenting it here. HotAir is still working through this story I believe. At any rate, I believe reading about this story and then listening to Dennis Prager’s insight are a good match, as well as the very recent art class story.
For blundering federal intrusion on personal choices, this story from Georgia may not ever be topped. But is that what happened — or did a supplier of meals to the elderly in Port Wentworth, Georgia, just misinterpret the requirements of separation of church and state? Senior Citizens Inc receives federal grant monies for its delivery of meals to seniors in assisted-living centers, and thought their funding was at risk when seniors began to say grace, as the Associated Press reports:
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.
Just a week after the last time a California school told its students that the American flag was somehow racist, another California school repeated the lesson. This time a middle school student was taught that drawing an American flag was wrong. However, drawing a picture of President Obama was apparently praise worthy: