Feel like I’m getting into some deep territory this week, working on an editorial for Sunday about prayer in political bodies. I’m working off the Joyner v. Forsyth County case, which has been working its way through courts since 2007 and is now being appealed to the Supreme Court. You can read some background (albeit biased background) here. Or if you’ve got the time, you can read the 4th Circuit’s ruling here.
In November, 26 S.C. senators, including local politicos Ray Cleary and Luke Rankin, joined S.C. Sen. Chip Campsen in filing an amicus brief defending both the practice of legislative prayer and mentioning God in those prayers. Read it here.
I’m still in the process of wading through it all, but I’m curious what you guys think. First off, should political leaders be spending their time praying, and second, should there be limits on what those prayers can say?