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Yes, a prayer absolutely is pushing views on people, if it is sanctioned as part of the activities. The farthest I'd see being acceptable would be a moment of silence for prayer and quiet reflection. No Amens. No Allah Akbars. No So Mode It Bes. No Hail Satans. No chanting.

It is PART of the activities and used as a ceremony. This is something the government has no place in doing. If you want to get together at Big Boys beforehand and do all the out loud praying you want, so long as you aren't doing it where it is part of the scheduled activities or where it has anything to do with governing.

I think you don't understand how offensive you're being to the people who don't share your views, and why you're being so soundly mocked here. "Oh woe is me! My religion is the dominant one in this country, and yet I can't have verbal prayers before government meetings! We are so downtrodden and abused!" Meanwhile, you expect everyone else in the room who doesn't share your views to keep their traps shut and deal with it.

You can have your views. Views are fine. You can't have vocal prayers and Christianity boosters at meetings where we're focusing on governance. This isn't a theocracy. Get it into your head. Listen to Mark. Pray on your own time, in silent. Your religion isn't anyone else's business. It's between you and God. Go reread Mark.

http://biblehub.com/matthew/6-6.htm
5"When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6"But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

I don't see anything here about opening government meetings with prayer there, but I might not be reading it right.

Eric Hoffer