GOP Lawmakers to Supreme Court: Let Us Pray
Senators want traditional prayer before sessions kept in place
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2013 10:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – A group of mostly Republican lawmakers in DC has made a pitch to the Supreme Court for the right to keep saying a daily prayer before sessions of the House and Senate, reports Roll Call. They're worried that an upcoming case out of upstate New York will put the practice in jeopardy. The legal fight began when residents of Greece sued their town board for opening its meetings with a Christian prayer. A federal appeals court sided with the residents, declaring that while "the town’s desire to mark the solemnity of its proceedings with a prayer is understandable," some constitutional worries arise "when one creed dominates others."

No date has been set for the Supreme Court arguments, but members of the House and Senate filed amicus briefs this week. A sample from the one in the Senate:

  • “The work of the Senate is often divisive. But for a few moments each morning, politics and party are set aside. Instead of debate, senators reflect on their duty to represent every constituent, mindful of the Nation’s core values and their need for divine assistance in carrying out their responsibilities."
It was signed by 34 senators, 33 of whom were Republican, notes Salon. (Louisiana's Mary Landrieu was the lone Democrat.) The House brief had a similar sentiment, citing "longstanding and historically-accepted acknowledgements of the Divine and expressions of religious faith in this nation." Click for more.

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Aug 8, 2013 12:37 PM CDT
There is a separation of Church and Government. I don't want these Hipocrits using the word God period. Take a look where they brought our country, poverty, debt and unemployment. They created the laws for business to laugh in our faces, they made beggars out of 50% of populations. They are right about one thing only, that they are greedy Christians who slaughter 50% of Americans.
Aug 8, 2013 12:07 PM CDT
Typical Republicans, all they think of is this nonsense issue and are too weak spined to stand up to the Democrat-Socialists on political issues in Congress. People can pray anytime they want too, even on the toilet walking down a hall, accepting a bribe and who would know? They feel they have to make a big show out of it to impress others.
Aug 8, 2013 2:50 AM CDT
Will they burn in hell for signing a petition instead of staying busy busy busy praying? Just asking. Sure hate to say it, but as long as they are going to pray in Congress, pray more and wage war less.