INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--An appeals court panel apparently has given the OK for prayers mentioning Jesus' name in the Indiana state legislature to return, tossing out a lawsuit Oct. 30 that had garnered national attention two years ago when the prayers were ruled unconstitutional.
The 2-1 decision by the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals is a victory for social conservatives, although the justices avoided dealing directly with whether the prayers violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, as the lower court had ruled.
Instead, the majority ruled that the four Indiana residents who brought the lawsuit lacked standing because they had "not shown that the legislature has extracted from them tax dollars for the establishment and implantation" of a program that supposedly violates the Establishment Clause....
It is a shame that the Baptist Press had to refer to this most welcome decission as a victory for "social conservatives". I would think that this is a victory for all who trust in Christ regardless of whether they are socially conservative or socially progressive. The authors obviously believe that people who favor health care for the aged and children, or who oppose the President's misadventure in Iraq must be crying their eyes out over the decission. It was nice however for them to report that the Democrat leader supported the appeal that resulted in the decission. I guess he must be one of those socially conservative Democrats, a "Republocrat". Or maybe he's just an American Christian. Can you be that and not be "socially conservative"? Apparently not in our label facinated society.
Even though this may be considered a victory, NO one can ever stop or prevent a Christian from praying in Jesus Name. Too much emphasis is always put on public and outward appearance. We Christians know to whom we pray and we realize this is a very private and personal matter.