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‘Jesus Christ’ Banned from Council Prayers

David1334 Wrote: Mar 08, 2013 8:12 AM
This is not from the Constitution but the Declaration of Independence. It continues to be inappropriate for government meetings to open with prayer. It is a meaningless and generally inane exercise. Even Christ Himself distinguished between the things of Caesar and the things of God. Christians, as well as people of other faiths, need to vote their moral convictions and work at winning the lost, and let God take care of the rest.

The mayor of a Washington town has directed pastors to stop invoking the name “Jesus Christ” in city council invocations.

Don Jensen, the mayor of Longview, Wash., told the Kelso-Longview Ministerial Association that prayers mentioning Christ were not acceptable because they could expose the city to a lawsuit.

The decision has sparked controversy in the city – located about 50 miles north of Portland, Ore.

Mark Schmutz, who pastors the Northlake Baptist Church, said if they can’t speak the name Jesus Christ, association ministers will no longer provide the invocation.

“We need to be able to speak Jesus’ name,” he told...