On the Tenth Day the Missouri Legislature Created Prayer

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We're guessing that this isn't the kind of prayer Missouri legislators want to guarantee.
Tenth day of May, that is.

Yes, yesterday the Missouri Legislature passed another proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution. If passed by Missouri voters in 2012, the amendment would guarantee the right to pray openly in public, including inside the state Capitol.

State Rep. Mike McGhee (R-Odessa) has been pushing a similar bill for five years, but it's died each year in the Senate. This year, no senators voted against the bill -- partly out of exhaustion with the issue and partly because they didn't see it changing anything.

The Missouri Constitution already guarantees individuals the right to worship God according to their own consciences. "This was such a meaningless amendment, we just didn't feel like we needed to put forth the effort to stop it this year," Sen. Jolie Justus (D - Kansas City) told the Post-Dispatch yesterday.

McGhee, meanwhile, says the amendment would guarantee such liberties. "If voters approve this, it will send a message that the citizens of the state believe it's OK to read a Bible in study hall," McGhee told the Post-Dispatch. "That it's OK to pray briefly before a City Council meeting. That's what we were trying to do by bringing this amendment forward."

We'll see if McGhee continues to whistle that tune when -- following passage of the amendment -- a practicing Muslim dares to get on his knees inside the state Capitol and pray in the direction of Mecca.


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Haneen
Haneen

 Oh my GOD!  A Muslim daring to get on his or her knees to pray in the Capitol (obviously NOT a mosque/church/synagogue/temple)! That's catastrophic! If a Muslim prays that might mean he or she loves God...If they love God then...they might love their neighbors and feed the hungry as they do in SE Missouri!http://www.suite101.com/conten...

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Gawdzilla
Gawdzilla

Well, duh! There's no law against praying in public now. The Xtians are just playing the martyr again. "Oh, lawsy me! We bein' prosecuted, Lard! Help me, help me!"

Rudy Moore
Rudy Moore

If it passes, it'll issue an open invitation to non-christians to test the waters, to which these lawmakers will reply "but that's NOT what we intended." Follow with outraged local yokels protesting and others counter-protesting. Nevermind the waste of time and money the state will spend fighting the ACLU, but the big J will give you all a hearty Thumbs Up for trying.

JJ
JJ

More pushing of their religion on the rest of the World. These right wing religious nuts are America's Taliban. Do as we believe or else.

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apparently "separation of church and state" doesn't refer to government-owned "public" areas...right.

Gawdzilla
Gawdzilla

 There's no law against praying there now, which makes me wonder why religious people haven't been praying for an end to war, suffering, hate and hunger. Maybe it's because they know prayer doesn't do any good, nobody's listening?

Tedwards3385
Tedwards3385

Why would you believe that Christians pray for an end to war and hatred?

Haneen
Haneen

 God, The One, The Eternal, Who begets not, nor is begotten, HEARS everything.He's aware of everything that goes on. 

Maybe if people would make an effort to listen to Him, He'd listen to them.http://quran.com/3/31

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