In the wake of the battle over a mosque at Ground Zero, a move by Hartford City Council is sure to have its critics.Why in September, do you single out opening meetings with Muslim prayers? I'm sure Keith Ellison and all the other Muslim grievance groups will call you a bigot if you object.
The Council announced Tuesday that it has invited local imams to perform Islamic invocations at the beginning of the Council meetings in September.
Though meetings don't regularly begin with any form of prayer, an email from the Common Council called it "an act of solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters."
The email even referenced the ongoing issue in New York. "One of the goals of the Council is to give a voice to the many diverse peoples of the City, which is especially important given the recent anti-Islam events throughout the country."
Council President rJo Winch called it an important move for the Council. "I feel it is very important that, as a Council, we project a culture of inclusiveness in the City of Hartford. Too often it is our differences that divide us. In my opinion, it is our combination of differences that makes us strong," Winch said.
What is next? Praying in the streets of Hartford like in Paris?
Here's the Harford City Council's webpage. Contact information is below...be civil and respectful in your opposition.
rJo Winch (D) (Assistant's e-mail) Phone: 860-757-9570
Assistant Majority Leader:
James M. Boucher (D) P:860-757-9578
Luis E. Cotto (WF) P: 860-757-9573
Veronica Airey-Wilson (R)
Larry Deutsch (WF) P: 860-757-9577
Kenneth H. Kennedy (D)
Matthew D. Ritter (D) P:860-757-9565
Calixto Torres (D)