by Isaac Essel

October 11, 2017


U.S court earns praise for backing prayer before opening of Congress

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Paul Ryan has praised the decision by a U.S court to allow a prayer to be said before opening each legislative day.

The U.S. District Court, in Baker v. Conroy, rejected a challenge to Congress’ ability to open with a prayer and ruling in favor of the House chaplain, Father Pat Conroy.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan appeared elated that an atheist challenge was dismissed by the court.

“Since the first session of the Continental Congress, our nation’s legislature has opened with a prayer to God. 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. Recently, especially following the return of Majority Whip Steve Scalise, this institution has been reminded about the power of prayer.

“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.”

Paul Ryan also tweeted: “The House will continue to begin its work each day as we have for centuries: taking a moment to pray to God”

The House will continue to begin its work each day as we have for centuries: taking a moment to pray to God.

Stephen Scalise, United States House of Representatives Majority Whip and representative for Louisiana’s 1st congressional district retweeted Paul Ryan’s statement on the court’s decision acknowledging the power of God.

“Our rights come from God, so it’s only fitting that the House begins each day united in prayer. I’m glad this important tradition was upheld”

Source: 3news.com | Ghana

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