Letter: Why fix what isn't broken?

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By The Staff

I have no reason to doubt that Las Vegas Mayor (Tony) Marquez’s “intentions are clean and good,” as a city councilor attests, when he advocates that Las Vegas City Council meetings begin with a prayer. However, I do wonder if his intentions aren’t misguided.  The council already makes a moment of silence available for meeting goers to pray or not, as they choose. Why narrow their choices to a ceremony that may not reflect their religious beliefs, or their desire not to believe in a god? Why go out of your way to alienate at least some of the good people of Las Vegas?

 A number of aphorisms apply here. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” for example. But the most relevant maxim might be, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

I fear the city would invite civil rights litigation, and needlessly so, if it requires prayer at City Council meetings.

Peter G. Simonson

Executive Director

ACLU of New Mexico