Below you will find a copy of a newspaper article. The
'political' prayer separated the wheat from the tares and the newspaper
article told the whole world about it.
Senators walk out on pastor's
By Trent Seibert
Denver Post Capitol Bureau
Wednesday, March 06, 2002 - About a half-dozen state senators walked
out of Tuesday's morning prayer after a pastor asked for God's help to
make abortion illegal and to make the Pledge of Allegiance in public
"These prayers are designed to be inspirational rather than
political," said Senate President Stan Matsunaka, D-Loveland. "He
chose to do a political prayer."
The exodus of senators has legislative staffers rewriting the
guidelines on what clergy can say during the traditional morning
prayer. Already, they are told to keep the prayers nondenominational
The pastor, David Meek of Greeley's Assembly of God Glad Tidings
Church, touched on topics that many senators found offensive,
During Meek's five-minute prayer, he showed surprise that there were
so many female senators, and called them "precious ladies" the male
senators should watch over. He also urged lawmakers to accept Jesus.
He also prayed for God's help in overturning Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme
Court ruling that legalized abortion, and to "stop the killing and
Sen. Ken Gordon, D-Denver, who is Jewish, said Meek's "emphasis on
Jesus excluded people who aren't Christian."
Sen. Mary Ellen Epps, R-Colorado Springs, said she walked out because
she felt his comments belittled women.
In addition to Gordon and Epps, those who walked out included Sens.
Bob Hagedorn, D-Aurora; Penfield Tate, D-Denver; and Stephanie Takis,
Sen. Dave Owen, R-Greeley, who invited the pastor, later apologized to
fellow lawmakers for remarks the pastor made that he said were
Meek did not return telephone messages seeking comment left at his
home and church.
Owen said he invited Meek because he was a military veteran and gave
invocations at his American Legion post.
"He asked if he could come down, and I said sure. I'm apologizing to
anyone who was offended," Owen said.
You can advance the King of Kings have fun with the
wicked. If invited to pray in public, simply be sure to use Jesus name and
include a few 'political' requests.
Here is another news article on Political prayer.
Anti-abortion invocation brings
protests in House
"We ask you, Lord, if you would, instill in their hearts the desire to
protect the unborn, those babies being carried by women all over the
state of Florida," said Daryl Orman, senior pastor at First Baptist
Church of Stuart, in his invocation to the Florida State House. Such a
"political" prayer violates the House rules for invocations, but Orman
says, "I received a copy of the guidelines, and to be truthful, I
didn't read them because I pray extemporaneously. When I speak to the
Lord, I want to speak unfettered."
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