Monday, January 08, 2007

House Prayer Returns

House Speaker Pat Bauer has discarded the need for Christian lawmakers to huddle at the back of the chambers prior to session to conduct their own private, sectarian prayer. As the House returned for business today, he simply read one of three non-sectarian prayers the Indiana Attorney General's office had approved. The prayer read today:

Almighty God, we come before you today humbled by the magnitude of the responsibilities of this office. May you help us to realize that those who have been given the greatest responsibility need the greatest guidance. We pray you will show us what it good, and what is required of us. We pray for your insight, your compassion, and your strength. Amen.

The House has been under a court order since early last year to refrain from delivering Christian-only prayers. Rather than abide by the court order, Speaker Bosma suspended the practice altogether and continued to spend taxpayer dollars to fight the order. The Star's Matt Tully knocked then-Speaker Bosma for a "clumsy and old school move" by paying a partner in his law own law firm, William Bock, more than $27,000 to work on the lawsuit. The case is currently on appeal before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has already declined an earlier request to dissolve the federal district court's order.


Wilson46201 said...

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Anonymous said...

Tying in to the mugging of Errington, do you think someone could mug Bauer of that hairpiece?

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