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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Legislative prayer delivered before Senate consideration of HJR 3 "shocked those in the chamber and outside"

Niki Kelly reported Feb. 14th in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette in a story about the Senate's second reading consideration of HJR 3:

The Rev. Andrew Hunt III of Indianapolis shocked those in the chamber and outside when he delivered a prayer urging the members to support the amendment in its original form.

He spoke of “allowing the majority to rule” and not lowering moral standards to appease a few. Hunt also focused on God judging their actions.

[Senate President Pro Tem David] Long said he was invited by a legislative chaplain last week, and clearly broke Senate protocol.

“That was a surprise,” he said. “I already apologized to anyone who was offended, as far as the fact that it was a political prayer.”

You won't find the prayer on the General Assembly's video archives. From a 2006 ILB post, quoting a story from the AP on the General Assembly's video record:
Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana used the House's online video archives to review daily prayers before filing a federal lawsuit accusing the state of unconstitutionally endorsing a particular religion.
Since that time, the General Assembly videocasts have begun after the prayer.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 16, 2014 03:35 PM
Posted to Indiana Government