David Cook: Grand, tragic suit over prayer

photo David Cook

Despite the tension - U.S. District Judge Harry S. "Sandy" Mattice called it "as emotional as it gets" - Thursday's preliminary hearing on the constitutionality of the Hamilton County Commission's prayer policy was a grand thing.

It was the American experience.

Two citizens - both under 30, dressed in coats and ties, one with a red pocket handkerchief - are attempting to change a government practice that's been in place as long as people can remember.

Using the Constitution, they're seeking an equal place at the table. Freedom not to pray. Their struggle is reminiscent of the long struggle of the American minority in this nation with its motto: In God We Trust.

During Thursday's hearing, the Declaration of Independence was quoted.