So here is a thought experiment for people who have opinions about the whole public prayer thing. Let’s suppose you or a loved one is about to have surgery. The surgeon has a habit of saying a short prayer with the patient before doing the procedure. It’s something she has done for years, and she feels that it calms her, and helps her perform well. She is of a different faith than you (or you are atheist/agnostic). Do you object to the prayer? Now let’s apply the same thing to other places. Someone feels that having prayer around makes their business a better place, and wants to encourage it. The place seems to have a really good vibe. Do you object? Do you think that because you do not believe in the god being prayed to, that the prayer cannot possibly have any effect, or is it possible that the act itself, and the intention, are beneficial independent of the theology? Just something to think about.

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