Letter: Keep religion out of politics

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I oppose the resolution to invoke prayer at the start of each meeting of the Board of Clark County Commissioners.

Board members and other representatives of the government should not misuse the privilege their position confers upon them to promote religious messages.

The prayers would confer an appearance of official government endorsement, and marginalize members of the community who do not conform to the religious beliefs espoused in the messages.

Please do not adopt government-sponsored prayers and show respect for the Establishment Clause and the rights of conscience of all members of our pluralistic society.

A quarter of the Washington state population is nonreligious, including myself.

James P. Clark

VANCOUVER