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Opening Arguments

What budget crisis?

This is never, ever going to end, is it?

The Indiana House will once again invite clergy members and other guests to give opening prayers before legislative work begins, a tradition that had been halted temporarily because of a lawsuit challenging the practice.

A U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled last year that taxpayers who sued over the prayers did not have the legal standing. So on Tuesday, as lawmakers gathered for an organization day at the Statehouse before the January session begins, the House started its business with a prayer from the Rev. Matthew Barnes of Indianapolis.

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The ACLU of Indiana, which represented the taxpayers in the previous lawsuit, says it could bring another lawsuit if sectarian prayers continue in the General Assembly.

I've heard all the arguments from both sides so often I can recite them in my sleep, and I've written about the issue until I'm sick to death of it. You can choose whichever side you think is the most right if you want to keep playing that game, but the fact is that whether prayers are said or not and what kind and who says them do not matter to Hoosiers' real lives one whit. So whichever side just walks away and says, "We have more important things to do, so we're not doing this anymore," will win our undying gratitude.


Bob G.
Fri, 11/21/2008 - 12:16pm

Yeah, I just PRAY they find an amicable solution to the whole thing...once and for all.


Larry Morris
Fri, 11/21/2008 - 1:25pm

I bet everyone would get off the preying thing if the legislators actually did their jobs, ...

tim zank
Fri, 11/21/2008 - 1:59pm

And yet another example of the ridiculousness of of our now evolved "we are all victims" society. If some poor soul is subjected to a 2 minute prayer (a version of which has been recited in every meeting at the statehouse for 200 years) the lawyers start flingin' paper everywhere.

What a colossal waste of time and money to make 1 moron famous for a few months. I'm not overly religious, but I certainly will make time to pray briefly that these asshats burn forever in hell. Not because of their religious beliefs (or lack thereof) but because they are frickin' idiots that have nothin better to do with their pitifully empty lives than stir sh#t.

Odd's are pretty good the idiot that brought about this lawsuit got the s#it kicked out of him in school as a kid on a regular basis, because he was a whining, sniveling, misfit. Whatta ya wanna bet????

Bob G.
Fri, 11/21/2008 - 3:18pm

Wouldn't take that bet ON A DARE, Tim...!

You got it covered nicely, thank you.