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Congressmen Urged Not to Join Prayer Caucus


The leader of the American Humanist Association is asking all new members of Congress elected in November not to join the Congressional Prayer Caucus.

In a letter, the group's director, Roy Speckhardt, writes that the Prayer Caucus, "discriminates against non-religious Americans."

He goes on to say, "When public officials and Congress explicitly endorse public prayer, they alienate millions of non-religious Americans who oppose the joining of religion and government."

The American Humanist Association was founded more than 70years ago with a mission to "bring about a progressive society where being good without gods is an accepted way to live life" according to the organization's website.

Speckhardt asks new members to "actively work to ensure that the wall of separation between church and state is strengthened and maintained."

Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes, founder of the Prayer Caucus, is fighting back. In a statement to Beltway Buzz, Forbes said, "This is an unprecedented effort by an extremist group that wants to censor and shut down anything related to faith. The Congressional Prayer Caucus is one of the largest Caucuses in Congress, it has over 105 members and we stand up and fight for religious freedoms and religious liberties."

The Congressional Prayer Caucus was founded in 2005 and has more than 100 members. The bipartisan organization is chaired by Forbes, a Republican and North Carolina Democrat Rep. Mike McIntyre.

The caucus gathers weekly in a room just off the House floor in the Capitol building to pray for each other, the week ahead, and the nation. It also works to defend the expression of faith in the public square such as prayer before public meetings and the public display of Christmas symbols.

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Comments on this post

# RE: Congressmen Urged Not to Join Prayer Caucus

I think it verry important that this prayer caucas be supported!
Left by Dan McKay on Dec 04, 2012 5:49 PM

# RE: Congressmen Urged Not to Join Prayer Caucus

How come we have to bow to their requests? Christians are not second class citizens. We don't lay down our faith when we come to work.
Left by KellieC on Dec 04, 2012 9:16 PM

# RE: Congressmen Urged Not to Join Prayer Caucus

Regarding previous comment about Christians "not having to lay down our faith when we come to work"...if the shoe were on the other foot, what if Christians demanded that atheists had to take up a faith in God when they came to work! They would claim that was unconstutional! They would scream bloody murder. That is exactly what they are trying to do to Christians...take away our rights to express our faith in Jesus Christ which is a very part of our being. If Atheists really believe there is no God, why in the world are they wasting their time in trying to prove it? I don't try to prove the existence of something that doesn't exist!
Left by Elaine on Dec 12, 2012 12:36 AM