Cape Coral (FL) City Council Meeting
18 October 2004
Tom Clark (153 words)

What makes this country great is not that everyone thinks alike but the diversity of its people.

We are gathered today, both religious and secular members of our community, with the shared belief that we must treat each other with dignity and respect.

In this invocation I don't ask you to bow your heads, but to look up at what you can accomplish by working together in a civil manner.

I don't ask you to close your eyes, but to keep them open wide to the problems that we face as a city.

With your talents and insight you can lead this community to a better future.

As you work together on behalf of all who live in this city, may you draw strength and encouragement from one another through compassion and reason.

Remember, being a member of the majority doesn't necessarily make you right, just part of a group that thinks alike.