In Oklahoma, the state’s House of Representatives put to a vote whether or not to include a prayer in the official journal of the meeting.
Why? Because the Rev. Scott Jones, who gave the invocation, acknowledged his parents, friends … and his partner, Michael.
I have yet to hear a solid biblical argument in favor of homosexuality (“Paul didn’t know what we know, so he’s wrong” isn’t a solid biblical argument). If it’s out there, I hope someone will present it in the comments section, and we can discuss.
But I can’t see why this guy’s prayer would need to be excluded from the record. Oklahoma, like the rest of this country, is not a Christian institution. I assume Jones pays his taxes (mostly because Pres. Obama hasn’t tried appointing him to a cabinet post 🙂 … ok, sorry), so he’s supporting his local government. Doesn’t he have the right to deliver a prayer in front of the state legislature without this becoming an issue?
Shouldn’t anyone who is a good citizen, whether they be Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Mormon, a Jehovah’s Witness, agnostic, or atheist, be allowed to have the same opportunity as Christians in this matter? (The last two probably wouldn’t be prayers but rather shout-outs to Richard Dawkins … ok, sorry again).
Feel free to share any thoughts below.
P.S., I’m also not comfortable with the idea of any government body deciding what needs to be written down from a public meeting, and therefore deciding what the public needs to know. As nosy citizens, we have every right to that information.