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Was the City Council meeting invocation a jab at a council critic?

August 12, 2009

The invocation, given by City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian sounded to me like a not-so-veiled jab at City Council critic Mike Mohill, who has become embroiled in tense exchanges with council members in recent weeks regarding remarks which council members have called “racially insensitive.” In return, Mohill has made claims of free speech infringement.

I’ve transcribed the invocation below:

“As emotions have runneth over in recent days over issues of political and personal opinion, we remember to pray for civility and respect for our fellow residents and participants in this process. Someone once remarked that what this country needs is more free speech worth listening to. Tonight let us learn to think, listen and speak so that our speech will not only be worth listening to, but it will move the hearts, minds and souls of those listening. Amen.”

What do you think?

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