Congressional Record: Lack Of Separation Between Church And State

I thought I’d share an example of the wall of separation between church and state, or the lack thereof. Below is from the Congressional Record for Friday, June 29, 2012. I am sure this opening prayer is nothing new, but I wonder if congress allows opening prayers by clergy of all religions? I think I already know the answer to that question.

The Congressional Record

Proceedings and Debates of the 112th Congress, Second Session

Vol. 158, No. 100

Washington, Friday, June 29, 2012

The House met at 9 a.m. and was called to order by the Speaker.

PRAYER

The Chaplain, the Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, offered the following prayer: Eternal God, we give You thanks for giving us another day. As this House adjourns in anticipa-tion of Independence Day, we ask Your special blessing upon our Nation. We have many things to be thankful for, and ask that You send Your spirit, that we might continue to live our freedoms with responsibility and integrity. Help us to be truly grateful for what we have, and generous as well. Bless the Members of this assembly and their families in the time they have together at home so that when they return, they are rested and ener-gized to take on the important work that faces them concerning our econ-omy and national security in today’s world. These have been historic days. Issues of grave importance have been decided, and much commentary and argument has ensued. Bless our Nation and its citizens, especially those whose energy and emotions are stirred, with equa-nimity, goodwill, and an abiding trust that, in time, our Nation will emerge into an even greater future as it has so many times before. Give us the faith to believe and increase our trust in You. May all that is done this day be for Your greater honor and glory. Amen.

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