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McIntyre: "Prayer's Impact Upon Our Nation"

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WASHINGTON, DC (NEWS RELEASE FROM REP. MIKE MCINTYRE) -- In the late 1700s, Thomas Jefferson posed this question: "Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God?"

Today, the words of our country's third president ring true more than ever before. Our God-given liberties are the cornerstone of American democracy, and we must continue to reaffirm our commitment to the values upon which our country was founded.

We live in a society where there are increasing efforts to remove religion from public life, but, as Co-Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, I am 100 percent dedicated to defending the importance of faith in all that we do.

Most recently, upon learning that atheists were attempting to legally remove the phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, I led a coalition of 38 Members of Congress in defending the use of God in the Pledge. We joined together in confirming our country’s constitutional principles and rich spiritual heritage by signing an amicus curiae brief to the courts, affirming that the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge serves to unify Americans of all faiths in remembrance of the fragile and precious freedoms we have in this country.

Earlier this year, a legal case was brought before the Supreme Court attempting to deny legislatures the right to open their sessions with prayer. In response, I worked with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to defend and preserve the constitutional right of legislators to pray. In an amicus curiae brief signed by 85 Members of Congress, we reminded the courts that legislative prayer has played a vital role in Congress and at all levels of government from the earliest days of our nation’s history. Even today, Congress opens its daily sessions with prayer, a practice that is fully consistent with the Establishment Clause.

This is not the first time that efforts have been made to exclude references to God from our public domain. In 2008, when the new Capitol Visitors Center was built to welcome guests visiting the building, the Architect of the Capitol would not permit any references to God when, in fact, our National Motto is, “In God We Trust,” and our Pledge of Allegiance states that we are “One Nation, Under God”. In response to this omission, I joined members of the Prayer Caucus voting for legislation to permanently engrave our national motto, “In God We Trust,” and the Pledge of Allegiance in prominent locations in the Visitor’s Center which I hope you will have a chance to view when in Washington.

Throughout the more than 200-year history of our nation, faith, prayer, and trust in God have played a vital role in strengthening the fabric of our society. Today, we are incredibly blessed to live in a country where our right to worship freely and without fear and persecution is guaranteed by our Constitution.

However, in my conversations with constituents, I often hear from folks who are concerned about the direction this country is headed. They worry that our rich spiritual heritage is corroding and that their children and grandchildren might grow up in a world where faith no longer serves as a guiding compass for our nation or its leaders.

If you share these concerns, I hope you will consider joining those of us in the Congressional Prayer Caucus in praying for our great country. Each week, as members of Congress return to Washington, a group of us join together in Room 219 of the Capitol Building just to pray together. In doing so, we leave party labels at the door, and pray -- like Solomon of the Old Testament-- for wisdom for that week in the decisions to be made. You can join with us by visiting the Congressional Prayer Caucus website and signing up for a time to pray each week!

We hear so much about the partisanship in Washington today, and how no one seems to be willing to listen to one another or work together to solve our most pressing issues. But when we join together in humble prayer before the Lord, there is no Republican or Democrat, no right or left side of the aisle, no liberal or conservative, only children of God, pausing to ask for His blessing on this great nation.

Just like Nehemiah built a wall around Jerusalem in scripture, I hope you will help us build a wall of prayer around our capitol and around our nation. Even if you have just five minutes a day, consider joining us in praying for wisdom for our nation’s leaders, praying that they will make the right decisions during these trying times, and praying for God’s blessing upon America.

May we take time to pray together for these things because we recognize, as our founders did, that the true source of power is not found in the halls of Congress, or in the Oval Office of the West Wing, or in the Chambers of the Supreme Court. The true source of power is found on our knees, before the Throne of Grace, before Almighty God!

May God bless you, and, indeed, may God bless the United States of America!

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GOD BLESS YOU MR. MCINTYRE

GOD BLESS YOU MR. MCINTYRE !!!

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nope

Gods do not secure anything in this nation, gods only exist in the minds of religious nutbags like this guy. Religion has ZERO place in politics and schools for that matter. Teach it at home.

Guesttoday and Csatro (sp)

Guesttoday and Csatro (sp) should study American history. One of the reasons we are such a good and just people is the Christian beliefs that supported the nations founding.

He Just Lost MY Support

I don't want ANYONE'S religious beliefs to impact politics. Period.
I respect your religious values, but don't really want to hear about them- that's a PERSONAL choice - keep it out of our politics.

GuestToday, if you read the

GuestToday, if you read the Congressman's comments you will see that he expresses his faith but does not hold it to be superior to the faith of any other. Unfortunately, the dixiecrat turned republican agenda has forced him into the position where he needs to pander to the so called "people of faith" for voter support. Really, what are the choices now that the repubs have succeeded in hampering voter rights along with the new gerrymandered district in which we must vote. I'm staying with my support of Mike. Barry Goldwater says it about the religiousos better than I:

"On religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both.

I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in "A," "B," "C" and "D." Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?

And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of "conservatism."

Good enough, Mike. Now take

Good enough, Mike. Now take on Mohamed Obama. Stop this America-hating, corrupt, thug. I dare you. Take a stand against this evil administration.

Eric K.

LOL

Hey MonkeyJunction, I think

Hey MonkeyJunction, I think that the RepublicanJesus that this idiot Erl worships allows for Obama bashing... just sayin'.

No

Separation of church and state worked then and should still work now I will vote against anyone how uses the religion BS to win votes.

Separation of church and

Separation of church and state has no basis in the Constitution. The first amendment states that Congress cannot establish a religion or prohibit the free exercise of religion. It is clearly intended to keep the federal government from infringing on religion. It says nothing about keeping religion out of the government, politics, etc.

Silly responses

Anyone who believes that people's beliefs do not intermingle with their actions or jobs, ESPECIALLY as politicians.. and therefore tells the politician they shouldn't exercise their own freedom of speech, ESPECIALLY when it's about their own belief systems... y'all are crazy!

If you're atheist, let me hear about it! If you're Buddhist, let me hear about it. It's America, you don't have to be ashamed of what you believe in, and people shouldn't say, "I'm not going to vote because he told me what he believes in." Bull-malarkey. If that's what drives a common vote, then THAT'S what's wrong with the country. Mormon, Scientologist, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim... what is it? What do you believe? Calvinist, Baptist, Catholic? I want to know.

If you don't want to say, then that is ok too! But why? Because you want more votes? Looks like we have morons that will vote based on how "quiet" you are. Not me! If it's on your heart to say, then say it! Speak politicians, speak what's on your mind, as I for one am tired of the dirty laundry and the disappointments of the piles and piles of politicians that are constantly being uncovered on the news. Your dirty little secrets, America's biggest disappointments. Speak if you think religion is rubbish, say it on TV! Speak if Christianity is dear to your heart, say it loud and clear. It's time I heard more STRAIGHT from a politician without media filters and interpretations. If you don't know what you believe... if you're agnostic... that would be great to hear! If you believe religion has no effect or bearing on you. I'd like to hear that too.

I want to know what a person believes in before I vote on him or her. Bring it on! All politicians, I invoke you to exercise your freedom and speak freely! Let people scream "shut up!" loud and clear, but if I am going to vote for YOU, I want confidence... and true knowledge of what it is to exercise your freedom of speech. Do the daring thing... and exercise it. You'd be amazed at the enemies, but you would have done this country some good.

Oh... and for once. Tell the truth.