Sunday, August 11, 2013

Obama Administration on the Same Side of Prayer Issue as Republicans

The Fort Wayne News Sentinel notes that the Obama administration is on the same side of the issue of prayer at the start of legislative sessions as Republicans, including Indiana attorney general Greg Zeller. Zeller offered an op-ed piece to Indiana papers arguing that it was his "duty" to offer an amicus brief supporting the overthrow of an appeals court ruling at prayers at the start of legislative sessions. Surprisingly, the Obama administration has also submitted an amicus brief lines up on the same side of the issue. The Obama brief argues the following: “The historical purpose of providing such an opportunity is not to provide a forum for private prayer; it is to solemnize the body’s proceedings and seek divine guidance for the body’s deliberations.” You can read the Obama brief at the NPR site here.