10 per cent of the population of Lodi California are Muslims. The city honor the independence day of Pakistan, and refuses a priest to pray to Jesus when the city Council meets.
Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt was not allowed to take the name of Jesus, when he opened the city council meetings with a prayer. This has put Lodi California on the World map.
«Jesus is not an illegal word, the Bible is not a banned book, and evangelistic speech is not a crime», he wrote in an online petition that has collected more than 5,000 signatures. Previously Klingenschmitt also went on a hunger strike to protest for the right to invoke Jesus name.
The petition is directed toward Lodi City Council and Mayor Larry Hansen who are considering changing their prayer policy to possibly ban all prayers. For years, the city council has had prayers at the start of their meetings and most of the prayers have invoked the name of Jesus.
But in May, atheists and agnostics at the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the council a letter of complaint over the prayers, saying they «impermissibly advance Christianity».
The city council has opted to open the debate to the public. The prayer policy will be discussed at a meeting later this year.
First and foremost, this city of roughly 60,000 people can boast of a significant Pakistani minority. The Muslims are between seven to 10 per cent.
This picture shown the celebration of Independence Day of Pakistan in Lodi. These Pakistani-Americans started settling in this area in the 1920’s as part of the agricultural workers that also brought in the Sikhs to Yuba City and other people from the Punjab and the NWFP to the San Joaquin Valley of California.
To succumb to pressure from Pakistani Muslims, is totally misunderstood American cultural suicide Would anyone in Pakistan ask Muslims to stop praying in the name of Allah, because there is a minority in Pakistan who does not believe in Allah?
The problem with the so-called «Christian America», is that there is not many Bible faithful Christians left. The Christian America supports the Islamic republic of Pakistan with billions of US dollar , and America will stop without gasoline from Saudi Arabian oil. American imperialism and love of money will finally make them enemies of the Word of God, which reaches its fulfillment in the Messiah.