Amen, Mr. McCortney. I think you have a lot of support from Ada residents on your recent letter to the editor.
My thoughts on public prayer are that since the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 6, Verse 1, 5-6, addresses purity of intention of prayer and that it is not to be undertaken for one's self aggrandizement, show or hypocrisy.
So, banning prayer at public meetings and substituting a "secular" invocation is not freedom of religion, it is freedom from religion.
U.S. Constitution, First Amendment, states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."
Let nonbelievers and nonpatriots who don't agree with a prayer and/or Pledge of Allegiance to the United States at a public meeting, including "under God," can just ignore it or not attend the meetings. The objecting minority has that right. But the majority has the right to say a prayer or hear a prayer and say the Pledge.
Our founding fathers were spirtual, godly men, knew tyranny and despised it, so they had no trouble expressing their faith in God and in public. Most notable was our first president and general, George Washington.