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CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY FEBRUARY 24, 2014          SINCE THOMAS JEFFERSON’S TIME THERE HAVE BEEN PRAYERS BEFORE THE START OF VIRGINIA’S LEGISLATIVE DAY, USUALLY LED BY A CHAPLAIN

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CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY FEBRUARY 24, 2014

         SINCE THOMAS JEFFERSON’S TIME THERE HAVE BEEN PRAYERS BEFORE THE START OF VIRGINIA’S LEGISLATIVE DAY, USUALLY LED BY A CHAPLAIN. THOUGH A DEIST, JEFFERSON SPOKE AND WROTE A LOT ABOUT RELIGION AND WHERE OUR RIGHTS COME FROM.

         NOW THERE’S TALK OF MAKING THE VIRGINIA LEGISLATIVE PRAYERS, WHICH HAVE BEEN EXLUSIVELY CHRISTIAN, MORE “INCLUSIVE,” AS THEY SAY. MY VIEW IS THAT IF THEY ARE GOING INVITE IN MUSLIM, HINDU AND OTHER PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS, WHAT’S THE POINT? ARE THERE MANY GODS, OR JUST ONE? BUT THERE’S A LARGER ISSUE.

         WHY HAVE THESE PUBLIC DISPLAYS IN THE FIRST PLACE? IS IT FOR REINFORCING THE VIEWS OF CHRISTIANS THAT GOD FINDS SPECIAL FAVOR WITH AMERICA? HOW CAN HE WHEN WE KILL BABIES THROUGH ABORTION, MAINSTREAM SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AND SO MUCH MORE?

         BETTER TO DO AWAY WITH CHAPLAINS ALTOGETHER AND LET MEMBERS PRAY ALONE, OR WITH SOMEONE OF THEIR FAITH BEFORE THE LEGISLATIVE DAY BEGINS, THAN TO WATER DOWN FAITH UNDER THE GUISE OF “INCLUSIVENESS.” GOD IS EXCLUSIVE, NOT INCLUSIVE. I’M CAL THOMAS IN WASHINGTON.

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