Thursday, April 29, 2010


"Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, has reversed a policy barring state troopers from referring to Jesus Christ in public prayers, The Washington Post reports.

The decision returns Virginia to a previous policy in which state troopers taking part in a volunteer chaplain program may pray in accordance with their respective faiths, the newspaper quotes a governor's spokesman as saying.

"The governor does not believe the state should tell chaplains of any faith how to pray," McDonnell spokesman Tucker Marin is quoted as saying in the Post. "Religious officials of all faiths should be allowed to pray according to the dictates of their own conscience, and in accordance with their faith traditions, while being respective of the faith traditions of others."
USA Today

I applaud the Governor and his reversal of this bizarre policy. Bizarre, in light of this:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
U.S. Constitution

I'm just a simple carpenter and I don't understand all the subtle nuance and complexities of the law, but really, you don't have to be a brain surgeon, or an attorney, to see what the Founders intended. Why does anyone need special dispensation from the state to pray anyway they want to?

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