I look on the Bakersfield Prayer Breakfast as a kind of family reunion. People getting together to celebrate their shared religious beliefs. People of other religions are welcome to attend, and also have the right to have their own celebration guaranteed by the Constitution. What is there to complain about?

Years ago, two of my sons belonged to a fine Boy Scout troop that was sponsored by Temple Beth El. During that time, our family attended several services at the Temple. We did not, of course, expect them to add Christian prayers because we were there, but we were made to feel welcome and appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the Jewish faith.

I hope Bakersfield will have many more prayer services. I think it would be an excellent idea to also have interfaith services where we can learn about each other and grow in tolerance.