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.”
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) October 11, 2017
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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