Video: Senator John Lamping Slams Retired Pastor In Bizarre Religious Debate At Capitol
Lamping continues, "You're advocating for further funding of public schools, and I find it quite ironic...that you're not down here the next day advocating for the reintroduction of faith into the public school system."
Bennett responds, "I am advocating for the introduction of faith into public policy."
"But not schools!" Lamping interjects.
Lamping later adds that individuals do have a moral obligation to care for the most vulnerable, "but to think that we are going to execute that through government.... It's been a complete failure. It's done far more damage than good."
via Facebook John Lamping at a Richmond Heights parade.
"We respectfully disagree, Senator," Bennett says.
"And I'm certainly disappointed," Lamping says, later concluding, "We'll both get down on our knees tonight and pray for each other, won't we, reverend?
After the hearing, Bennett tells Daily RFT that it's clear the prayer-in-schools debate is over and that he is ultimately more concerned with public policy supporting vital social programs.
"Every child in this nation has a right to pray at school in private or with a group of friends, and to me that's not an issue," he says. "I think it's been settled."
Bennett, who lives in Jefferson City, adds, "Budgets should reflect the...values of the people, and to me, the most significant value is concern for the public good...of all, not just a few."
Here's the full bill in question.