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Prayer proposal shortlived in Texas A&M faculty senate

Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013 12:00 am

A proposal to hold a prayer before Texas A&M faculty senate meetings was rejected before it could gain traction.

Senate speaker Walter Daugherity proposed an invocation and a Pledge of Allegiance before each monthly meeting of the faculty at their Monday meeting. But after a backlash to the idea, Daugherity sent out an email at about 1 a.m. Thursday to let senators know he had withdrawn the proposal.

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  • obasfirst posted at 1:40 am on Thu, Jun 20, 2013.

    obasfirst Posts: 668

    Religious persecution he, poor guy. I hear the world smallest violin playing in the background.

    Any leader? You mean like Obama?

    How do you know God is with him?

    Matthew 6:7
    "When you pray, don't babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered only by repeating their words again and again." (NLT)

    Ecclesiastes 5:2
    Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. (NIV)

  • eagleeyes posted at 2:40 pm on Mon, Jun 17, 2013.

    eagleeyes Posts: 2

    The biggest problem I see is that the same people that are offended by prayer at events like this also have a problem with the pledge of allegiance for some reason. Why don't we talk about that......

  • aggie mike posted at 2:55 pm on Sun, Jun 16, 2013.

    aggie mike Posts: 1

    Religious persecution isn't new to this decade. It's been my experience that any leader, whether a volunteer, voted in or appointed better get ready for the barrage of personal attacks that are imminent. Walter, be the leader that God made you. Apologize to no one. If God is with you, who can be against You?

  • allknowing posted at 10:43 am on Sat, Jun 15, 2013.

    allknowing Posts: 44

    Quit your attacks on Billybob. You are confusing him with "Johnbob," and this simply shows your ignorance. Not everybody with a double barreled name is the same. I learned my lesson well when I was younger and talking with my friend Betty-Lou, and I called her "Peggy-Sue." Boyoboyoboy...

  • roy g posted at 2:07 am on Sat, Jun 15, 2013.

    roy g Posts: 966

    He also continues to pretend he's some sort of professor at A&M but often can't get basic facts right.

  • obasfirst posted at 9:24 pm on Fri, Jun 14, 2013.

    obasfirst Posts: 668

    I thought he moved to Berlin to work with other world renowned scientists in his (and related) area. Or that it was the great depression and his lab in Texas was shrinking and there were not many prospects for him there.

    Then again if Billybob says he just moved there to be with his "socialist buds" it must be true.

  • obasfirst posted at 8:41 pm on Fri, Jun 14, 2013.

    obasfirst Posts: 668

    Daugherty said "a vote was not required....". He just wanted to push it through by himself. Don't assume only a few tried stop it while the will of the many was ignored. There is a reason almost no university in Texas has an invocation before faculty senate meetings.

    Senator Clark is being ridiculous with his statements that Christian faculty are not welcomed and that Christmas is already banned. Such a drama queen.

  • Billybob posted at 8:32 pm on Fri, Jun 14, 2013.

    Billybob Posts: 27

    Who cares about facts? Not the elf!
    H.J. Muller got his B.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia.
    Taught at U.T. from 1920 - 1932. Moved to Berlin to be near his socialist buds.
    Joe McCarthy was Senator from Wisconsin from 1947 -1957.

    Darn those facts are stubborn things!

    But hey, it's the internet. It's ok to make stuff up to fit your comment.

  • rj posted at 7:12 pm on Fri, Jun 14, 2013.

    rj Posts: 178

    Why do you so-called "religious" folks have to constantly try to impress everyone with your declarations of faith? I've lived in Texas for almost six decades and am singularly unimpressed with the people who feel it necessary to put on public airs about their religious beliefs. Of course, if you read Matthew 6:5-6, it sounds like someone else was unimpressed by those folks as well.

  • rico6655 posted at 1:08 pm on Fri, Jun 14, 2013.

    rico6655 Posts: 1

    If Daugherity wants to find a way to model the Aggie core values then tell him to grow a pair and demonstrate the conviction of his beliefs.

  • bbfan22 posted at 12:17 pm on Fri, Jun 14, 2013.

    bbfan22 Posts: 248

    Once again, the fear of offending "the few" has out-weighed the will of "the many". In a society that's predicated on the democratic principle of "one man, one vote", Speaker Daugherty was so intimidated by "the few" that he forgot his obligation to "the many". It only seems fair that the entire Senate should have had the opportunity to vote for their preference, but that privilege was summarily and unfairly denied by one man. Thank you, Senator Clark, for standing up for the rights of "the many", and shame on you, Speaker Daugherty for failing to do the same.

  • elf posted at 11:53 am on Fri, Jun 14, 2013.

    elf Posts: 1594

    I am reminded that the only Nobel Prize winner who actually did the research to earn his Nobel Prize in Texas (T. H. Muller) was fired by the University of Texas at Austin a year later (1928) for refusing to take the loyalty oath required by politicians supporting Joe McCarthy. I am proud that the TAMU faculty senate made the decision it did.

  • obasfirst posted at 10:51 am on Fri, Jun 14, 2013.

    obasfirst Posts: 668

    what horrific events were caused by these non-believing children?

  • obasfirst posted at 10:46 am on Fri, Jun 14, 2013.

    obasfirst Posts: 668

    I guess you don't know what sarcasm is.

  • lizzyonthemove posted at 8:53 am on Fri, Jun 14, 2013.

    lizzyonthemove Posts: 2

    Seriously, this issue always causes me concern. Our founding fathers founded this country on religious freedom and we should ALL be sensitive to EVERY religious belief. My Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim friends have no problem with a moment of reflection. After all, they also pray to a higher being.
    Has anyone considered that our politicians who preach family values have literally destroyed any kind of faith, whatever religion, and we now have raised 2 or 3 generations of children who don't believe in anything! No wonder are experiencing horrific events caused by those who have NO respect for human life.

  • adnerdette posted at 7:43 am on Fri, Jun 14, 2013.

    adnerdette Posts: 8

    Do you also feel bad for the Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, etc that are regularly shunned by the Christians? Why is it every time religion is left out of a non-religious function it's considered an insult to Christians? No one is telling anyone that that can't have a personal time of prayer. No one has the right to force others to participate, nor take up their time while those that want to pray do so when they could do it on their own time. As for FromAfar, you really help the discourse, NOT!

  • FromAfar posted at 7:35 am on Fri, Jun 14, 2013.

    FromAfar Posts: 485

    Yeah, only the Satanists, who comprise a majority of A&M faculty, feel comfortable in proselytizing their religion on campus.

  • eagleman2013 posted at 7:32 am on Fri, Jun 14, 2013.

    eagleman2013 Posts: 1

    Really! Don't know who is in charge, but doesn't seem God is. Jesus taught the Lord's Prayer for His disciples (meaning disciplined learners)

  • hotdog posted at 6:32 am on Fri, Jun 14, 2013.

    hotdog Posts: 1018

    Pledge should be mandatory. Take a government check you should pledge your support to our government. Prayer, ok, I let the nonbelievers slide, it is their right.

  • obasfirst posted at 6:26 am on Fri, Jun 14, 2013.

    obasfirst Posts: 668

    I feel so bad for all the Christian faculty, being shunned by their peers for their religious beliefs, having to practice their religion in secret.

    We banned Christmas?

  • Billybob posted at 5:51 am on Fri, Jun 14, 2013.

    Billybob Posts: 27

    I'm shocked the "P" word was used at this humanist, secular, inclusive university. Don't let it happen again.

    What a useless crawfish Daugherity is.