Contact Us

Indiana Wants Public Body Prayers to Acknowledge Christianity


Indiana wants the U.S. Supreme Court to permit prayers that subscribe to specific religious affiliations to be recited prior to all public government assemblies. In an attempt to make this happen, the Indiana attorney general’s office signed a friend-of-the-court memo earlier last week asking the U.S. Supreme Court to exemplify public bodies that prefer to reference denominational alliances.

The problem is, the Supreme Court has previously ruled that prayer is acceptable in public meetings as long as it does not go against the grain of any particular faith. Yet, Indiana and 21 other states want the right to conduct prayers before public sessions that are blatantly skewed towards a particular religion. Though Indiana legislative leaders have stated that they have invited other faiths to host the prayer, most opening prayers are Christian in nature.

“The Court should reject the assumption that the content of private citizens’ prayers before legislative assemblies is attributable exclusively to the government,” said Indiana Attorney General. “Such prayers, rather, are expressions of private belief made in service to an elected body of citizens.”

In 2005, a federal judge ruled that the Indiana General Assembly couldn’t mention Jesus Christ or the savior because those terms gave the indication that the state had a religious preference. However, that ruling was eventually thrown out of an appeals court without further ruling on the issue.

Indiana Civil Liberties Union of Indiana legal director Ken Falk told The Journal Gazette, “The Supreme Court has never ruled directly on the question when the prayers get more overt. How far can they go? That is the question in this case.”

Some supporters of sectarian prayer before public meetings say that this country was founded on freedom of religion and the founders would likely roll over in their graves if they could see that our government had essentially banned Christianity.

Best of Newstalk 1280

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Newstalk VIPs quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Newstalk VIPs contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.