Inserting a moment of prayer into city council meetings wouldn't bother me if I was like the 99% of Laredoans who didn't watch the proceedings, but I'm not so it does. Honestly, it's not that big a deal, but the reasoning behind the move seems trivial. Doing something just because someone else does it is juvenile.
Laredo mostly votes Democrat, so the idea of having someone on our city council push for prayer is amazing, to say the least. Democrats are more likely to recognize the idea of separation of church and state. That's not to say that there aren't any pro-life demos out there. It just might be that people vote not really knowing what they stand for, or what the party stands for. They just go along with the crowd, and Mr. San Miguel's motion looks just like that.
Whatever the outcome, I think this issue will tell us a lot about the council's intellectual capacity. If the whole discussion tonight revolves around let's-do-it-because-the-Tx-legislature-does-it, then we're in big trouble. I'm looking for thoughtfulness tonight. I may be asking for too much.
Prayer has been done before at city hall, but it lead to a less than productive outcome. See video for explanation.