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.
A New Jersey judge has determined a ministry was wrong in refusing to allow two women to hold a “civil union” ceremony on its property.
This is a major issue for religious liberty in this country. Churches and ministries need to be able to exercise their freedom of religion in regulating what takes place on their property and in their facilities.