Courts Dictate Number of Times ‘Jesus’ May Be Said in Public Prayer

Legislative bodies routinely open their meetings with an invocation. At the Capitol, it’s common for legislators to invite ministers from back home to do so for the House and Senate chambers. But what happens if the pastor mentions “Jesus” more than once or twice during the prayer? What happens if he or she thanks God for the resurrection or asks for forgiveness of sins? In some parts of the country, at least, those prayers could be banned.