The childishness of Christians is palpable in the town of Southport, Indiana. It seems that a standing tradition of prayer at the start of City Council sessions is at stake, due to a new mayor taking office there:

A debate over prayer in government meetings will take center stage in this small Far-Southside city tonight as a new mayor and a skeptical City Council try to find common ground.

Four weeks ago, all five Southport City Council members walked out of their monthly meeting in protest of first-year Mayor Rob Thoman’s continuing refusal to present a prayer as has been done for nearly two decades at the start of the public sessions.

The crybaby Christians on the City Council managed to coerce a compromise “moment of silence” out of the new mayor.

Folks, what is it about Christianity that makes Christians want to break the law for Jesus? We have something in the United States known as “separation of church and state.” Yes, I’ve heard the whine that those precise words are not in the Constitution, so it must not exist; but the United States Supreme Court — you know, those folks who do have the authority to say such things — have declared otherwise over the years. Besides, even James Madison — you know, the author of the First Amendment, upon which this principle is based — himself objected to the seating of Congressional chaplains and the practice of opening Congress with prayers!

You didn’t know that, did you? Well, read all about it from his own pen (spellings per the original):

Is the appointment of Chaplains to the two Houses of Congress consistent with the Constitution, and with the pure principle of religious freedom?

In strictness the answer on both points must be in the negative. The Constitution of the U. S. forbids everything like an establishment of a national religion. The law appointing Chaplains establishes a religious worship for the national representatives, to be performed by Ministers of religion, elected by a majority of them; and these are to be paid out of the national taxes. Does not this involve the principle of a national establishment, applicable to a provision for a religious worship for the Constituent as well as of the representative Body, approved by the majority, and conducted by Ministers of religion paid by the entire nation.

The establishment of the chaplainship to Congs is a palpable violation of equal rights, as well as of Constitutional principles: The tenets of the chaplains elected [by the majority] shut the door of worship agst the members whose creeds & consciences forbid a participation in that of the majority.

So Christians, you can whine and cry about it until you’re blue in the face. You can stamp your little feet and fume and bluster. You can even claim “persecution” at the hands of those evil secular humanists who dare to defy your religionism. But you simply must stop lying for Jesus and pretending that prayers in government settings are acceptable, because they are not. Grow up and stop foisting your religion on everyone else just because you think you’re entitled to — because you’re not.

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