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District Court Decides Whether U.S. House Of Reps Is Allowed To Pray Before Sessions

One recent court decision made House Speaker Paul Ryan a very happy man.

The heat was on and U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ruled against Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Dan Barker sued House of Representatives Chaplain Patrick Conroy, a Roman Catholic priest, for preventing him from giving out an invocation because he does not believe in God.

Paul Ryan, who was involved in the case as a defendant praise the ruling of the court for upholding “the freedom to exercise religion.” Ryan said with enthusiasm in his voice: “Since the first session of the Continental Congress, our nation’s legislature has opened with a prayer to God.” He continued:

“Today, that tradition was upheld and the freedom to exercise religion was vindicated. The court rightfully dismissed the claims of an atheist that he had the right to deliver a secular invocation in place of the opening prayer.”

Ryan who is clearly a religious person said: “Recently, especially following the return of Majority Whip Steve Scalise, this institution has been reminded about the power of prayer.” He glorified Congress for allowing him to continue the case with a prayer to God. Ryan stated:

“I commend the District Court for its decision, and I am grateful that the People’s House can continue to begin its work each day as we have for centuries: taking a moment to pray to God.”

It has been a long tradition for Congress to open up with a prayer every single day for the past few centuries, the district court judge ruled opening with a prayer is not against the law. Collyer came out with a statement of her own: “To decide that Mr. Barker was discriminated against and should be permitted to address the House would be to disregard the Supreme Court precedent that permits legislative prayer.”

But Barker disagrees with Collyer’s ruling claiming it is biased against atheists. Barker concluded: “The judge’s acquiescence in this inequity sends a crystal clear message that our government, founded upon our entirely secular Constitution, may discriminate with impunity against atheists and freethinkers.”

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7 Comments

  1. Marilyn Johnson

    October 12, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Never, ever be afraid to believe in GOD, he said if you are ashamed of him he will be ashamed of you and you will not enter into his kinddom.

  2. KELLY GREEN

    October 12, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    People like this will be going to HELL

  3. ANGELA SMITH

    October 12, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Somebody (Barker) REALLY needs to brush up on his history of America’s Founding Fathers! They were by NO MEANS secular! The majority of them were good Christian people. Amazing how history gets rewritten over time, isn’t it? And sad, too, how people twist it to fit their own agenda, like Mr. Barker who claim to be an atheist. Wonder how he’ll feel when he stands face to face with the GREAT I AM at the end of time? Still deny HE exists?

  4. lilian

    October 12, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    They are saying that it wil discriminate against the atheists , but if they get what they want doesn’t that discriminate against people’s religions?

  5. Glenn D Garrett

    October 12, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Satan continues to try and destroy God’s work. This time God wins. Atheist are a minority opinion in this country and most of the world. That does not however make them a minority under the law. Therefore they do not have the right to claim minority status or say they are being discriminated against. They have under the constitution the right to their opinion, but so do the people of God. They should seek God instead of some court ruling to get their own way.

  6. BILLY miller

    October 12, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    THANK GOD, FOR ARE CHRISTIAN PRESIDENT, “Donald john trump”, FIRE THAT LITTLE BITCH, paul Ryan, get the punk out of our government.

  7. mike gunter

    October 13, 2017 at 3:13 am

    If ryan is such a Christian then why is he such a TREATOR to his country?

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