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Mayors Prayer Breakfast draws a crowd

Posted: May 1, 2014 3:20 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2014 3:20 p.m.

Approximately 300 people gathered early Thursday morning for the annual Santa Clarita Valley Mayors Prayer Breakfast — an event that included time for both reflection and prayer and laughter from a keynote address by a man dubbed by some as “God’s Comic.”

The breakfast, now in its 10th year, coincides with the National Day of Prayer and is one of many events held across the nation, according to Joe Messina, president and chairman of The Dunamis Group — an organization that aims to promote Christian values in business and hosts the event.

Messina said one of the purposes of the event is to pray for guidance for city leaders and those in city government.
Fittingly, Thursday’s crowd included a collection of Santa Clarita Valley elected officials, including Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste.

“I pray every day,” Weste said. “And I know that my prayers are answered because I live in a community that is truly blessed.”

Former Assemblyman Cameron Smyth was also on hand Thursday and said as an elected official he felt the power of prayers on his behalf.

“I can tell you firsthand that events like these, the prayers that you offer, they do make a difference,” the former Santa Clarita Valley representative said.

While the keynote speaker at last year’s event, Pacific Justice Institute President Brad Dacus, drew a collection of protesters to the event at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, this year’s speaker, Christian comedian Brad Stine, drew mainly laughs and applause from the audience.

During a keynote that was part performance and part speech, the conservative Christian comedian touched on a variety of issues, including his belief that Christians need to be warriors for their faith and his distaste for “political correctness.”

“The single biggest threat to free speech is political correctness,” Stine said.
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Independent1: Posted: May 1, 2014 4:06 p.m.

Can someone please tell me how in the world this ridiculous event is not a violation of the separation of church and state? The only religion I see mentioned in the article is Christianity. Did the Mayor’s office only invite Christian speakers, comics and clergy? --edited.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: May 1, 2014 4:23 p.m.

Did "God's Comic" get a "rise" from the crowd? They have risen indeed.

mominthescv: Posted: May 1, 2014 6:11 p.m.

Every year, these guys say it is a nondenominational prayer breakfast. Of course, this is a bunch of garbage. The fact that our elected officials continue to attend this ridiculous event confirms the backwardness of our local government. The reason they get away with the event is because it's not technically sponsored by the city; it's a private group. Just another silly loophole these hacks use to impose their religious views on the city.

Nitesho: Posted: May 1, 2014 7:03 p.m.

Oh get over your selfs

"What difference does it make?"


Independent1: Posted: May 2, 2014 9:47 p.m.

@Nitesho: the difference is choosing to live under a constitutional democracy versus a theocracy... --edited.

devildawg: Posted: May 2, 2014 10:15 p.m.

I believe that Nitesho was trolling you, by using Hillary Clintons ignorant statement about my fellow American troops that were killed by islamists in the Benghazi terrorist attack. You know the one that Hillary and our traitor of a president have absolutely no remorse over. Nothing wrong with a prayer breakfast on the USA National day of prayer - its not a city event and whoever wants to attend... can. Those who don't agree don't have to go. God bless America and the freedom of speech and the freedom to have our own opinions. And the freedom for the ignorant to have theirs as well.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: May 2, 2014 12:22 a.m.

devildawg....hey.... way to stay on point. I had no idea the prayer breakfast was Hillary Clinton's fault. Interesting.

Nitesho: Posted: May 2, 2014 6:40 a.m.


Staying on point like @independant1 saying "the difference is choosing to live under a constitutional democracy versus a theocracy."?

IIRC...the Constitution says "Freedom OF religion. Not FROM. You are on the wrong side of this discussion and I have over 250 years of proof.

@ Independant

Your views of freedom FROM does not have more wieght than those that believe in freedom OF.

As all the bed-wetting, tree hugging liberals say..."move on"

ricketzz: Posted: May 2, 2014 7:01 a.m.

It says neither "from" nor "of"; "free exercise" is what is guaranteed. This city, like every other backwards hick town from yesteryear is run by a closely knit group who have way too much in common. It is a Good Ole Boy system and it ensures mediocrity and animosity. "I'm in with the in-crowd" -Dobie Gray

Nitesho: Posted: May 2, 2014 7:22 a.m.

Nice edit of the text Rickets....

It actually says "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"

the coloring book verson for liberals, it translates to "freedom of"

OldReliable: Posted: May 2, 2014 7:33 a.m.

I attended this event and thought it was wonderful; no one says you have to attend so stay away if you are somehow offended.

mvkj: Posted: May 2, 2014 7:49 a.m.

Independent1: In answer to your question "Can someone please tell me how in the world this ridiculous event is not a violation of the separation of church and state?", I refer you to the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution. It says "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ...". I don't think Congress passed any laws at that prayer breakfast.

Independent1: Posted: May 2, 2014 7:50 a.m.

Our constitution prohibits the government from establishing and endorsing a particular religion. What took place yesterday was clearly the endorsing of one religion by elected officials, thus making it a violation. I suggest you read the Establishment clause of our constitution...

Nitesho: Posted: May 2, 2014 7:52 a.m.

Exactly OldReliable.

I don't get these liberals.

A CITY HOSTED gay pride parade is ok yet a CITY HOSTED prayer breakfast isn't ok.

Both are about rights and freedoms.

your rights and freedoms don't trump mine.


17trillion: Posted: May 2, 2014 7:54 a.m.

Some of you bed wetting liberals act like Dracula seeing a cross whenever anything religious happens to cross your virgin eyes. If you don't like religion, you're living in the wrong country. Please, get over yourselves.


An athiest

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: May 2, 2014 8:07 a.m.

How was God's comic???... was he the "Last Comic Kneeling"?

Nitesho: Posted: May 2, 2014 8:46 a.m.

ah...the typical liberal troll jokes @egbertsouse4u

don't break your arm patting yourself on the back for that unique and original joke.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: May 2, 2014 9:32 a.m.

touchy, touchy, touchy....... and why do you brand me a "liberal?" Based on a joke? Would you like me to wear an armband too? Get over yourself, Nitesho.

tpaul: Posted: May 2, 2014 9:51 a.m.

I think the married Gay couple should have the right to pray at the Mayors office while protecting the pot farm with guns.
"Just because you are offended , doesn't make you right"

Nitesho: Posted: May 2, 2014 9:54 a.m.

Your correct @EgbertSouse4, I should not have branded you a liberal. I should have branded you a bed-wetting, crybaby liberal with an IQ of 4 who trolls with religion jokes.

My bad for taking your bait. I, unlike a liberal, learns from their mistake and will now just ingore you. Liberals LOVE to be ignored.

boneshark: Posted: May 2, 2014 10:35 a.m.

Don't take it personally EgbertSouse4. Nitesho is having a rough week. He hasn't been out of his basement in days and the empty Cheetos bags and Red Bull cans are piling up and his mom's repeated yells of, "Take out the trash!," are really getting his nerves. It's not easy being a troll...

Nitesho: Posted: May 2, 2014 10:48 a.m.

It's not easy being a troll...

Seems to come naturally to you...

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: May 2, 2014 11:22 a.m.

I can just picture Nitesho branding everything and everybody he doesn't like a "liberal." Must be a lot easier to live day-to-day with such simple brain function. I picture this guy holding a torch like in the old Frankenstein movies. "Torch the monster!! Torch the monster!!!

"Bed-wetting, crybaby liberal?" A real "thinker" here. And I thought Wally George was dead.

17trillion: Posted: May 2, 2014 12:21 p.m.

Well, you are whining crybabies....

Can one of you, using logic and intelligence, explain to me why the Mayor having a prayer breakfast hurts your life so much that it causes you hysteria and the need to vent online after you change your diapers? Wait a minute. Logic and intelligence? I forgot, just use little words and the logic of a 4 year old that you normally employ. I'll try to translate.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: May 2, 2014 12:44 p.m.

I don't care either way. I am way more offended at someone who proclaims himself "God's Comic." I thought I was. Let me get the ball rolling.....

"Jesus walks into a motel and throws three nails on the counter and says to the manager "Can you put me up for the night?"

17trillion: Posted: May 2, 2014 1:18 p.m.

Why are you offended though? You choose to be offended, not the offender. The world is an obnoxious place full of people and things that can cause offense, many times on purpose. I'm not the slightest bit religious and I could care less about a breakfast, a cross on a hill, or God in the pledge. Despite being an atheist, saying "one nation under God" thousands of times had no impact upon my life whatsoever.

I choose to be offended on things that impact my life in a meaningful way like when the President says my healthcare costs will go down $2,500.00 or when George Bush campaigned as a conservative and governed as a liberal or when I'm told we need a 100 billion dollar train that will take 4 hours or more to get to the Bay area and cost the same as a ticket on Southwest Air.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: May 2, 2014 1:28 p.m.

17trillion: You're absolutely right. I'm just having a bit of fun, that's all. I am not religious, yet you'll see crosses and Christmas/Easter decorations in my house during the holidays (my wife likes them). I really don't care either way. I still sleep fine.

17trillion: Posted: May 2, 2014 2:28 p.m.

That's cool. I once had some laughs at Stray's expense on water conservation. I'm almost ashamed.....almost!

Independent1: Posted: May 3, 2014 9:54 p.m.

@Nitesho: I've been a registered republican since 1980 when I voted for Reagan the first of two times. Believe it or not there are still some of us that treasure our constitution and don't like seeing a bunch of local morons corupt it for their gain. The Mayor's Prayer Breakfast was sponsored by a group that according to the story promtes Christian values, and the keynote speaker was a Christian comic. Doesn't take much to despise that the meeting was clearly promting a Christian agenda, ergo a violation of the Establishment Clause.

DMeyer: Posted: May 5, 2014 9:01 a.m.

For those who wonder if this is a separation of church and state issue, it is not.

See the United States Supreme Court ruling for clarification. Your opinion is just that, an opinion albeit wrong.

Independent1: Posted: May 5, 2014 11:51 a.m.

I think a 5-4 vote shows that even they are quite divided on the issue. Regarding the Mayor’s Breakfast, the question still remains as to if they reached out and invited other religions to participate. If not, they are in violation of the intent and nature of what the Supreme Court is saying in their ruling.

DMeyer: Posted: May 5, 2014 6:36 p.m.

Read the first sentence on the CNN story. That's all you need to know Independent1. Stop trying to justify your losing cause.

Just read the first sentence, and follow the instructions.

The law of the land has been laid down and there is nothing you can do about it.....except cry and complain. Is that how you want to live your life?

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