Minnesota state congress having the fight this time around:
"A Jewish lawmaker is asking Minnesota Senate leaders to allow only nondenominational prayers to open sessions, after feeling "highly uncomfortable" when a Baptist pastor repeatedly mentioned Jesus Christ and Christianity in one of the invocations.
Democratic Sen. Terri Bonoff says she wants Republican Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch to change the letter submitted to all visiting chaplains to say they are "required," rather than "requested," to make prayers nondenominational.
"I'm a very religious woman and believe deeply in God," said Bonoff, of the Minneapolis suburb of Minnetonka. "We honor God in public and our political discourse, and that's proper. But in doing a nondenominational prayer we are honoring him without violating the separation of church and state.""
The majority leader is refusing, saying that as long as multiple religions are allowed a turn, the content of the prayer doesn't matter. Does it matter? Should a Baptist minister be allowed to stand before congress and pray that all the Jews in congress come to their senses and repent their evil life before it's too late, as long as a rabbi is given a turn to speak the following month? Is it truly abiding the separation of church and state to allow denominational prayers in a government function at all?Answer Question
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