People shall have the right to pray.
In the public presence of others,
here are some considerations:
1) one may have to modify one's methods/words/gestures
due to other people's Right to Respect,
thus respecting another's differing belief systems
2) one may have to modify one's tolerance level
as the Right to Religion
allows others to practice religion
as they desire or need.
Somewhere, a middle ground must be found
for public moments of prayer--
as described in the Right to Disagree.
Here is a situation of this type being brought to U.S. court.
At a city council meeting, Fredericksburg, Virginia,
a council member offended other members
when ending a prayer "in Jesus name."
Another larger debate.
Guards prevent Christians and Jews
from their Right to Pray on the Temple Mount
(the contested religious site in the Old City of Jerusalem
claimed by both Judaism and Islam).
They cannot even move lips in prayer.
This is enforced to keep peace.
Due to this restriction, Jews pray near the Western Wall,
since it is the site closest to the Foundation Stone.
|Temple Mount, Jerusalem|