No more prayer in the State Senate?I lost some respect for The Tennessean yesterday as they ran an editorial advocating that the legislature scrap the longstanding tradition of allowing members of the clergy of various faiths to offer prayers to the legislature when beginning a session.
In this case, it was to the Senate. The paper's reason for saying that prayer should (perhaps) be excluded from the proceedings of our Assembly is because of the objections of a Jewish Senator, Steve Cohen, who demanded that a visiting chaplain not pray in the name of Our Lord. I respect Senator Cohen's Jewish faith, but I do have to ask myself if his insistance on a prayer that excludes Jesus' name is out of fidelity to principles of orthodox Judaism, or whether Senator Cohen really has a larger agenda, that being to exclude prayer from the proceedings of our State Government.
To be fair to the editoral board of The Tennessean, they did make clear, and rightly so, that so long as there is prayer in the Senate (or anywhere else in Government) Lt. Gov. Wilder cannot tell any of the visiting clergy how to pray. I hope, for the Lord's sake, that they never tell anyone not to pray in the Senate, either.