Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Let Us All Pray!
For our invocation today, we have the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, whose organization issued a statement deploring the disruption by Religious Right activists of a Hindu chaplain's prayer to open the U.S. Senate. Reverend Lynn:
This shows the intolerance of many Religious Right activists. They say they want more religion in the public square, but it's clear they mean only their religion.
America is a land of extraordinary religious diversity, and the Religious Right just can't seem to accept that fact. I don't think the Senate should open with prayers, but if it's going to happen, the invocations ought to reflect the diversity of the American people.
The Religious Right promotes a deeply skewed version of American history. Our founders wanted separation of church and state and full religious liberty for all faith traditions. The episode [in the Senate] shows we still have a ways to go to achieve that goal.
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