Prayer in local government meetings debate
POSTED: Friday, August 9, 2013 - 6:52pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 16, 2013 - 11:54am
Tyler, TX (KETK) — When it comes to politics Republicans and Democrats usually never agree, but on one issue of how government meetings will be conducted they are finding common ground.
The Obama Administration and Republicans agree that government officials should be allowed to open meetings with prayer.
President of the Smith County Republican Club , David Stein, tells KETK, the idea of Separation of Church and State is a revision of history.
"Well for crying out loud if we were are going to get something done and move this country forward they better start finding a way to agree on certain issues," says Stein.
According to a report by the Los Angeles times the Obama Administration and Republican law makers agree that Christian prayer should be allowed in local government meetings.
The Chairman of the Smith County Democratic Party says, it's crossing the line.
"I'm a Christian, but I strongly support the Separation of Church and State and I think it's vastly complicated I mean whose prayer do we pray," says Henderson.
"I'm glad that the White House thinks this is a good idea," says Stein.
Stein adds, "People think because I pray and exercise my rights that integrates their rights and it's just ridiculous."
Now 23 states including Texas have joined forces to encourage the Supreme Court to rule that prayer at government meetings is constitutional.
"When I was a commissioner we had them we led the prayer so each one of us took turn so between the county judge and the four sitting commissioners every week a different one of us lead a prayer," says Stein.
Stein tells KETK the issue is, "If you tell me that I can't pray in a meeting you violate my First Amendment rights."
The Supreme Court will be addressing this case in its next session in October of 2014.