Certainly, I have for some time been the politician not associated with religion or the values that go along with it. Tonight however I was again the only elected official at a Prayer Vigil rally in favor of a right to life.
The rally in front of City Hall on a chilly Monday night attract some 150 plus people who held candles, heard music, and listened to friendly reminders that life is sacred and abortion, euthanasia and eugenics are not so sacred.
A couple months ago I hosted a prayer breakfast put on by local clergy.
The similarity in both events is no elected officials attended.
Now I believe in a reasonable separation of church and state, but the faith and values I find at events like tonight are a reminder of the right way to govern. So I wonder why the pols who run on family values and tell you what church they go to, spurn such events.
Perhaps its that in the secular world of politics that hanging out with right to lifers is like hanging out with terrorists. That's too bad, because values matter,especially in governing.
I may have been the one to eliminate the Lord's Prayer from the Council meeting but that doesn't mean I think public leaders should eliminate the values of religion from governing.
There were a lot of Catholics there tonight so I am sure my fellow lawmakers of that faith would have felt at home. Too bad they skipped this one.