"I am shocked and dismayed by the Court's
decision today. I find the Court's unprecedented decision disturbing
in that it directs me, as Speaker, to advise people that they are
prohibited from using "Christ's name or title or any other
denominational appeal" when offering the invocation in the
Indiana House of Representatives. It is intolerable that a court
in this free society would ask a person to censor the prayer they
offer in the tradition of their faith. The prayers that have been
offered in the Indiana House of Representatives have represented
many faiths of both our members and our citizens. The prayers that
have been offered have not attempted to proselytize, advance or
disparage any faith or belief. In my years of service in the Indiana
General Assembly, I have always appreciated the diversity and sincerity
with which the invited clerics and members have led us in the invocation.
The ruling today forbids invited ministers and members to continue
to exercise their right to free speech and pray in the tradition
of their faith."
For more information or to schedule a time to discuss the matter
with Speaker Bosma, please contact Tony Samuel at email@example.com
or (317) 232-9887.