Muslim prayers to begin Hartford city council meetings

The city of Hartford is oh so progressive. Known as the “Insurance Capital,” it has lost a substantial number of insurance companies over the past couple of decades and its population has declined from a high of 177,000 in 1950 to about 124,000. (more here) This loss in population may explain why Hartford is also a self-proclaimed “Sanctuary City” which welcomes illegal immigrants with open arms. Like many cities in the Northeast, most manufacturing left long ago and it has struggled in tough economic times.

According to this article the progressive Hartford city council will now start their meetings with a muslim prayer to, you know, show “solidarity” with their muslim brothers and sisters. Ugh…

In the wake of the battle over a mosque at Ground Zero, a move by the Hartford City Councilis sure to have its critics.

The Council announced Tuesday that it has invited local imams to perform Islamic invocations at the beginning of the Council meetings in September.

Though meetings don’t regularly begin with any form of prayer, an email from the Common Council called it “an act of solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters.”

The email even referenced the ongoing issue in New York. “One of the goals of the Council is to give a voice to the many diverse peoples of the City, which is especially important given the recent anti-Islam events throughout the country.”

Council President rJo Winch called it an important move for the Council. “I feel it is very important that, as a Council, we project a culture of inclusiveness in the City of Hartford. Too often it is our differences that divide us. In my opinion, it is our combination of differences that makes us strong,” Winch said.

That’s solidarity, baby. Nice…

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