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I'm sorry but "You feel like you don't belong?"
You have the honor of being a politician in a country that is the most tolerant of other religions and beliefs in the world. Maybe it's time to step back and reflect.
I thought our state had bigger problems? I'm sure this was done before she was elected and she should have stated this then. We can't keep everybody happy.
As a Christian and a patriot, I think it is entirely appropriate for any invocation (if one must be given) be non-sectarian. It is not difficult to make a non-sectarian invocation; you should even be able to come up with one that atheists can live with. Heck, look to our Founding Fathers for inspiration; they managed it all the time. As far as nobody loving the Jews more than the Christians -- I think Campbell needs to seriously reexamine his history books and indeed, even current history before making such an ignorant and frankly condescending remark. (I rather suspect the Jews have a higher opinion of the Jews than Christians generally do, after all.)
Why do they need to open each session with a prayer at all? Nobody else has a company prayer before work or a school prayer before classes. Then again, maybe politicians need it more than the rest of us...
Look, we need acceptance here, I am not at all comfortable with the Muslim religion BUT I accept followers of the religion because this is America and we are supposed to be accepting of each other. All I ask is that you accept my beliefs no matter what they are and I will quietly accept yours. You teach tolerance not legislate it.
Why do they need to say prayers in the legislature anyway? Can't they do that in private if they want to, instead of on government time? And their prayers don't seem to work, as far as God intervening to guide them in their policy choices!
I, too, would be very uncomfortable knowing that my Jewish sisters and brothers were present. I think the MN Senate leaders need to make sure this doesn't happen again. This is not a Christian state. While many folks who live here are Christian, many of us are not. We have the same rights as citizens and we need not be made uncomfortable whether we are in our schools, our workplace or the bodies of our state legislature. Prayer really belongs in the place of worship, not in the public forum, unless it is truly non-denominational.
Bonoff rose to object after a prayer? I think she needs to get over herself. As the offspring of a religiously mixed marriage...one parent is Christian, one parent Jewish...I think she is overstepping this one. While I personally lean more towards Judiasm, I don't think most would object to a prayer, whatever the denomination. Next month, invite a Rabbi. Problem solved. Then let's move on to more important affairs of state, before we PC ourselves right out of existence, shall we Ms. Bone-to-pick?
Maybe invite a Rabbi, Buddhist monk and an Inman? Christianity sprang from Judaism. Islam though different has shared roots with Christian/Judeo traditions. Buddhism is not really a religion but more of tradition/process which can co-exist with all other religions.
This Senator should read the Minnesota Bill of Rights- Article 1 Section 16. This pastor has every right to pray the prayer he prayed and mention Jesus as meny times as he so wishes.
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