Editorial: House and Senate should maintain prayer
This weekend, multiple delegates have discussed whether there should no longer be prayer, or any religious activity, at Y&G events.
During a large group discussion in which anonymity was promised, delegates said because not everyone is a Christian in the program, religious activities should be discontinued. Another delegate stated that he believed a majority of delegates are in fact not Christian, which is another reason to stop religious activities.
There were also delegates who had many reasons in favor of keeping the religious aspects of the program.
First, the program is sponsored by a religiously affiliated organization, the Young Men’s Christian Association, or YMCA. It is no secret that YMCA is a Christian organization, and so it is reasonable to suggest that by joining Y&G, one can assume some religious activity may be involved.
Another reason for allowing prayer is it parallels what is actually done in the House and Senate. The program follows closely what is actually done by legislatures, lobbyists, press, and all other positions. The House and Senate both open and close with prayer, so It would only make sense to emulate what they do.
I believe that right now, the current procedures regarding prayer are more than acceptable. However, a possible solution to appease both sides could be having an optional prayer/devotion in a separate room before dinner on Thursday and Friday. That way, those that wish to attend can, while those who do not want to do not have to attend.
It is definitely understandable that those who are not Christians would not want to participate in prayer, however, the YMCA is in charge of the program and Christianity is a core part of their mission. Also, as long as the House and Senate open and close with prayer, the prayers at Y&G should continue in that respect. Ultimately, praying and other religious activity do not interfere with or distract from the goals of the program. What do you think?
(written by Austin Tuttle, co-editor)