Once again, the republicans are attempting to blur the lines between church and state. No surprise there, really. This recent article describes the outcome of a recent vote.
“In a 40 to 25 vote, the House voted in favor to include morning prayer in its schedule, which gives the speaker the discretion to allow prayer after the call to order.”
Before, prayers had usually been said before the call to order, so the prayer wouldn’t be part of the proceedings. However, now prayers will be allowed after the call to order. Does the concept of the separation of church and state really create so much of an intellectual miasma that people are confused as to what constitutes a breach of this law? Apparently many republicans see no problem with it because the prayer doesn’t support any particular religion.
“Republicans, however, maintain that no laws were broken because prayers are routinely performed by religious leaders at the House. Each prayer usually lasts 2 minutes, and do not favor any particular religious denomination or group.”
Yes, it may be true that it doesn’t favor any one particular religion, but the problem is that it favors religion in general. It favors belief over disbelief, and this alone constitutes a breach of the separation of church and state.
“It doesn’t prescribe the kind of prayer,” House Majority Leader Amy Stephens (R-Monument) said of the new ruling. “We have a variety of beliefs that come here to this body, some of which I may personally agree or disagree with.“
I suppose, then, the atheists in the room should pray to the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or Darwin, or something. When will the Christian right realize that some people DO NOT PRAY? It doesn’t matter if you’re not dictating the “kind of prayer” being said, but the fact you’re endorsing prayer itself is illegal. Also, they only include a wide “variety of beliefs” but fail to recognize non-belief as a position held by the diverse crowd. Sorry to say it, but a lot of people don’t have imaginary friends with whom they can telepathically link brains.