December 17, 2015 5:08 pm ET
PC police raids senior center, removes Lord’s Prayer
I have said on quite a few occasions that the continued PC agenda is bringing this once-great country to its proverbial knees. This post will discuss another of those BS PC instances.
However, before I get into the “PC police” raid of the county senior centers, you might find “the arrest of our Lord” a bit bizarre.
Mr. Kamenetz is sending out holiday greeting cards (certainly not to me) wishing everyone “A Happy New Year.”
I believe he skipped some holidays in between, didn’t he?
I guess we could take the New Year greeting several ways. Does it acknowledge an American tradition?
This quote was taken from the Huffington Post on the subject:
“These ‘New Year’ holidays are yet another reminder of the common threads shared by many of the world’s religions. Despite the differences in the ways that they are observed, these traditions all express an appreciation for the past coupled with a hope for blessings and prosperity in the coming year.”
Mr. Kamenetz, I object to your PC non-holiday greeting, so I demand that you stop it.
That sounds a little crazy, doesn’t it? I’m just one person, not a majority. So how can I demand such a change, especially here in the United States of America, where freedom of speech is paramount?
THIS IS PRECISELY MY POINT, MR. GRINCH!
Now, let’s get back to the intended story for this blog post.
Let me explain how I found out about the “raid and arrest of Our Lord.” I received information from a senior citizen about how the senior center residents started their group activities—reciting the Pledge of Allegiance (hand over heart) followed by the Lord’s Prayer.
I was also told that someone complained to the county’s Department of Aging about the latter part of the equation, which prompted an announcement at the one particular senior center that the Lord’s Prayer would no longer be allowed.
I then asked what the attitude of the majority of senior citizens present was, and I was told that they were just a tad furious, and one defiantly refused to follow that directive.
So, with that in mind, I did what any old shoe police officer/journalist would do—investigate. After all, I wanted to know if this was a county-wide practice.
After several phone calls, I found my way to the director’s office and spoke to the boss, Ms. Jo Anne Williams. Her response was, “I can’t respond.” I inquired why she could not respond, since she is the boss.
“I can’t comment on that, you’ll need to speak to Ms. Ellen Kobler,” who is the county spokeswoman for the administration.
So, to make it official, I sent Ms. Kobler the following e-mail:
Ms. Ellen Kobler
Office of Communications
Baltimore County, MD 21286
Dear Ms. Kobler:
I have receive a complaint from several seniors regarding the new policy pertaining to the opening ceremonies of the county’s senior centers.
The information relayed to me was that the daily program started with the Pledge of Allegiance and followed by the Lord’s Prayer.
I was told someone made a complaint regarding the issue of the prayer which resulted in a new policy banning the prayer.
I asked what the general feeling among the seniors regarding this issue and was told that they objected to the change.
I was also told that the new policy came from a Ms. Jo Anne Williams who declined to comment and forwarded me to your office.
My sources are credible on the information provided to me.
Would you care to comment on what your official policy is before I write the article?
I am always a little skeptical since I wrote this column regarding the open transparency of the county.
I eagerly await your response.
Note: I had a couple of typos in the original e-mail that I corrected for this blog.
Needless to say, I’m still eagerly awaiting her response.
Ms. Kobler, I’m quite sure, is significantly compensated for her work. One would imagine that such work would include responding to requests from the general public. However, if she can’t do her job, perhaps there are others who would love to have that position.
With that in mind, since the county made a rather significant decision in banning people from public prayer, I would think that someone in the administration would have the guts to defend that action.
After all, they are the ones displaying the PC badges.
My guess is the Kat (Kamenetz) has your tongue.
If my memory serves me right, a person has the right to object to saying the Lord’s Prayer, as well as every other cultural event. However, I always thought the policy would be, “If you don’t want to say the prayer with others, DON’T SAY IT!”
In my final analysis, it seems rather chaotic to change the entire system or practice because of one person’s complaint. The last time I checked, we are still a democracy, and a senior center is not a school that—under court order—prohibits prayer.
But that is another subject for another blog post.
Remember folks, there are three things that lead to the destruction of a nation—the loss of borders, language, and culture.
And, to that, I say “AMEN!”