Monday, February 23, 2009

Not-So-Free Exercise

Apparently Virginia is considering a law that would re-instate...RE-instate, mind you...the right of police chaplains to pray in the name of a specific deity, such as Jesus Christ. The article is here.

What I want to know is how the previous law preventing them from doing so was not a violation of the 1st Amendment that says Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of a religion or...wait for it...prohibiting the free exercise thereof?

Jesus said specifically in John 14:13, 14:14, and 16:23 that God will answer our prayers if we pray in His name. Praying in the name of Jesus is part of what it means to practice the Christian faith. Thus by definition the previous Virginia law was unconstitutional.

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