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Hugh Taft-Morales

Leader, Philadelphia Ethical Society

Whether before a meal, in times of communal despair, or at the start of a new session of Congress, the words, “let us pray” often surprise non-theistic humanists. Many find calls for collective religious behavior difficult to navigate. The balance between respectful tolerance of group norms and hypocritical submission is tricky. Would it be easier to ask that “prayers” be replaced with “invocations,” “blessings,” or “benedictions”? Hugh explores the civic omnipresence of prayer and suggests ways to deal with it with integrity.

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