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Jesus in Congress: Actually, most of the prayers there are ecumenical
Jesus in Congress: Actually, most of the prayers there are ecumenical

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that it was constitutional to begin government meetings with prayers, even if they are overwhelmingly Christian in character. The case involved invocations offered by guest chaplains at town meetings in Greece, N.Y. But there was also discussion of the prayers offered at sessions of Congress. Readers of the decision might be left wondering whether Jesus’ name is regularly invoked in prayers at the Capitol. In his majority opinion, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy referred to an invocation in the House of Representatives in 2010 that was offered “in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” But in his dissenting opinion, Justice Stephen G. Breyer...

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