Georgia Seniors Can’t Pray Before Federally Subsidized Meals


Whew! The national security threat of the elderly saying prayers before meals partly subsidized by taxpayers has been put down. I’ll certainly sleep a lot better tonight. “You might be a member of the Greatest Generation but you’re not talking to God on my dime, Myrtle!”

Check out this quote — it’s got that “something that ran in an underground newspaper in China” feel to it:

“But the best answer right now is that we’re trying to get the best information possible and legal council is looking at what would happen if we continued to pray.”

Great, now we need a lawyer just to pray. “Come Lord Jesus be our guest; let this food to us be blessed; Please direct any questions about these requests to Mr. Rothstein’s office…”

And hey, if it weren’t for brave souls like this fully bureaucratized guy standing up for the government and against the scourge of old people praying before a federally-subsidized meal (ecclesiastical freeloaders all), imagine where our country would be:

Tim Rutherford, Senior Citizens Inc. vice president, said some of his staff recently visited the center and noticed people praying shortly before lunch was served. Rutherford said his company provides meals like baked chicken, steak tips and rice and salads at a cost of about $6 a plate. Seniors taking the meals pay 55 cents and federal money foots the rest of the bill, Rutherford said.

“We can’t scoff at their rules,” he said of federal authorities. “It’s a part of the operational guidelines.”

Does Rutherford run a meal service or a prayer gestapo? For those seniors who refuse to stop praying, I’m guessing that in a few years this will be where the “death panels” will help solve the problem.

Since the seniors are spending 55 cents toward a $6 plate of food, you’d think the government would at least agree to let God hear 10% of their prayers, but so much for fairness.

The government may have just found yet another excuse to ticket people: PUI (Praying while under the influence of federal dollars).

Maybe if the seniors told the state they were praying to Obama they’d be left alone. Adding “Mmm mmm mmm” at the end should make it convincing enough.

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