Taxpayers fund Christian-focused congressional prayer caucus

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The dome of the Capitol in Washington D.C., taken from the Congressional Office Buildings on Constitution Ave.

Photo courtesy of Mary Ann Reitano, via Wikimedia Commons

The dome of the Capitol in Washington D.C., taken from the Congressional Office Buildings on Constitution Ave.

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The caucus meets weekly in the U.S. Capitol to defend the role of (mostly) Christian faith and prayer in the U.S. government and support a conservative vision of religious liberty.

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  • Bill

    “Like other congressional caucuses, several members kick in shares from their taxpayer-funded office accounts . . .”
    Taxpayers fund . . . lots of special interest caucuses.
    Why is this news?

  • MarkE

    This is a violation of the First Amendment. The government cannot establish or promote one particular religion over another. This is not my Christianity or that of the early church. This should be stopped, by legal means if necessary. NOW!

  • Larry

    Because it violates the 1st Amendment prohibition on government establishment of religion. Everything about it is an attack on 1st Amendment freedoms, including free exercise.

    It is not to protect religious freedom, but Christian supremacist views.
    They do not reflect the religious beliefs of the most of the nation either. They are narrow, sectarian beliefs seeking government endorsement. All done in order to support fundamental Christian belief at the expense of other faiths.

    All the dogwhistle phrases used here to attack 1st Amendment liberties are there:
    -Claims of Judeo-Christian primacy
    -Attacks on the faith and beliefs of those outside of Fundamentalist Christianity
    -Very dishonest and lame defenses of attacks on the religious freedoms of others.
    -Using religion to excuse discriminatory and bigoted behavior

  • Ed Silha

    Caucus member John Fleming, R-La. “The moral code that we as Americans have lived by for over 200 years is based on what? The Ten Commandments.”

    Those touting moral superiority should avoid lying. Our laws prohibit:

    Caucus member John Fleming, R-La. “The moral code that we as Americans have lived by for over 200 years is based on what? The Ten Commandments.”

    Those touting moral superiority should avoid lying. Our laws prohibit:

    • Commandments 1-4: The implementation of laws based on Commandments 1-4 are prohibited by the First Amendment of the constitution.
    • Commandment 5: No laws explicitly address this concept.
    • Commandments 6, 8: Based on morals common throughout the world including among other religions and non-religions.
    • Commandments 7, 10: No criminal laws implement these concepts.
    • Commandment 9: Criminal penalties apply only in cases involving sworn testimony or lying to police.

    John Fleming’s statement is a lie or he is grossly ignorant with regard…

  • Larry

    Other lies being told:

    “It is dangerous to fall prey to the fundamentally false proposition that individuals who support natural marriage can only be motivated by animus for others.”

    Such a view is meant to be an attack on others, this statement cannot ever be considered true.

    ““scolding sailors for homosexuality and premarital sex.”…“beliefs on sexual intimacy do not constitute a legally viable reason to bring action against … any member of the military””

    Actually they do. It is not the role of a chaplain to act as defender of his faith. They are there to minister to the voluntary spiritual demands of service people.

    Neither are there facts regarding “the role Judeo-Christian principles play in establishing and maintaining a free Republic “. That too is a flat out lie.

    Plus they got the Air Force to remove its protection of all faiths, in order to support fundamentalist Christian views.

  • Godless

    There is so much misinformation and lies involved in the whole Christian America myth that it’s no wonder that people are confused and trying to use the myth to make governmental decisions, but it’s also the case that many theocrats, religious folks, and governmental officials use the myth for nefarious reasons too. In many instances, the myth is used to grant and excuse unconstitutional privileges to Christians and to deny rights to non-Christians. Just because many Deists and Christians have helped build up America, it doesn’t change that when the Constituion was ratified, America was meant to be secular. We are no longer built up of colonies or a loose coalition of states governed by churches. The fact is that even if the myth was true, America is now a diverse nation made up of Christians of all stripes, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, atheists, etc. and is supposed to be ensuring equality and liberty for all and it’s no longer possible that to occur with any kind of theocratic laws

  • Ed

    Bingo. We have a winner.

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  • Lucid

    Wow, indeed scary that this many members of congress actually support this viewpoint.