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Monday question: Let us pray

Posted by Robin Abrahams  April 9, 2012 06:20 AM

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Happy Monday! Here's a juicy question: 

I work for a well-known company and recently we had a meeting with upper level management who arrived from out of state. The intention of the meeting was twofold; to discuss upcoming organizational changes and on a more casual note, a company luncheon. Our group is diverse, there's a couple dozen employees from all backgrounds and walks. Before lunch, our director asked that we bow our heads and pray. He uttered the requisite caveat that he wasn't pushing his faith on anyone explaining that he was a religious man and this is how his cookie crumbles. I should mention that I grew up practicing the same faith, but I felt uncomfortable during his minute of prayer. I'm thinking this crossed some lines, I've been wrong before but this is a business not a church. Faith is fine and good, "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door (Matthew 6:6)" 

Do you think this was wrong?

What's your take, readers? I'll give mine and summarize your advice on Friday. And stop back by during the week for more news and musings on social behavior. 
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