Predictably, Christians are the group most upset at this ruling, since it forces them to sit through prayers that may not align with their faiths, which they of course prefer to practice at home as Jesus himself instructed ("And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you." --Matthew 6:5-6).
"Prayer is very personal to me," said one Christian observer. "To have to hear it before a town hall meeting is insulting, blasphemous, unnecessary, and tacky."
Another said, "Even if everyone in the room were Christian, they're not the same kind of Christian as me. We do not share the same beliefs or the same prayers."