To The Editor:
In a recent June editorial, Bill Miller Sr. expressed dismay over the case Jane Doe v. Franklin County, Missouri, et al., a U.S. District Court case initiated by the ACLU and involving the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. . . .”
The complaint is online and contains transcripts of some opening prayers by Commissioner Griesheimer at board of commissioners meetings.
Franklin County filed motions to dismiss, but Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. denied the motions.
This case is on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues an opinion next year on Town of Greece v. Galloway, a remarkably similar case.
According to the complaint, part of Mr. Griesheimer’s Dec. 20, 2012, meeting opening prayer contained:
“We ask you, dear Lord, to help us remember why we celebrate Christmastime to celebrate the birth of your son . . . . In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”
Next January, Muslims will celebrate Mawlid, the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed.
I wonder how everyone would feel upon hearing an Islamic opening prayer by Mr. Griesheimer containing “We ask you, Allah, to help us remember why we celebrate Mawlid ... Allahu Akbar!”