Thursday, December 6, 2012

Lawmakers urged not to join Prayer Caucus

The founder of the Congressional Prayer Caucus says an atheist group is attempting to censor the newest members of Congress from voicing their support for prayer by joining the Caucus.

Newly elected members of Congress have received a letter from the American Humanist Association warning them not to join the Congressional Prayer Caucus. Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, wrote in the letter: "Incoming House members should know that approximately one in five of their constituents are not religiously affiliated, and even more insist on maintaining the wall of separation between church and state."

Speckhardt also argues in the letter that when public officials and Congress explicitly endorse public prayer, "they alienate millions of non-religious Americans who oppose the joining of religion and government."


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