I wrote for today’s paper about Mayor Lou Sebert’s recent request to City Councilwoman Geri Beck to stop delivering the invocations at the start of City Council meetings. Sebert doesn’t have any problem with invocations, but he doesn’t think they should be delivered by somebody from the elected board.
Patrick Garry, a USD law professor, told me there’s two main ways to view the issue: 1) The mayor is infringing on Beck’s right to free speech, or 2) The mayor rightly put a stop to what could be considered government backing of Beck’s individual religious beliefs.
“There are so many arguments on either side of this,” Garry said, “that you can argue this practically to death.”
Arguing things practically to death is what blogs are all about. So let’s hear it. What’s your opinion on this?