Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Senator Ed Murray Censoring Prayer?

As the Washington State Senate launched its 2013 session, some are offended by the opening prayer. They say it made a negative reference to same-sex marriage.

Senator Ed Murray released a statement saying it was "regrettable that we begin the 2013 session on a divisive note."

So what part of Pastor Jon Sanne's prayer was "regrettable"? And "divisive."


Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, joined Murray calling the prayer "polarizing language."

The "polarizing" and "regrettable" language that pastor Jon Sanne of Calvary Chapel of Olympia used was this phrase:

"Strengthen marriage as You ordained it for our good and Your glory."

Murray told the Seattle Times it was a "loaded phrase" and "has no business being included in a prayer before this institution."

Does Senator Murray feel the Senate or "institution" is above biblical truth or above freedom of religious expression by a Christian pastor?

Or is he simply so consumed with himself and his agenda and empowered with recent success to the degree that he can't be bothered by people who hold a different worldview than his own?

And does anyone think Senator Murray may be overreacting a bit?

This is only the beginning.

Sen. Murray and his homosexual activist colleagues in the legislature and the Governor's office have not hesitated to revise what Scripture actually teaches about homosexual behavior and stand against the teaching of their own church in order to affirm their sexual behavior. Why would we be surprised that he and others would try to censor prayers given by local pastors?

This same arrogance is playing out on a national level in regard to President Obama's upcoming Inauguration. A pastor who had been invited to give the benediction has now been asked to withdraw. Why? Because of his biblical teaching on the subject of homosexuality.

I will write about that tomorrow.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.

26 comments:

  1. The Senator has no right to censor the prayers of a pastor or anyone else. He is violating the laws he has sworn to uphold. --Asheville, NC

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  2. Again, where was the pastor censored? Someone was a jerk in public and people were heard to say 'what a jerk!', 'speculated why would anyone be such a jerk and questions were asked about the motives of the person who invited the jerk in the first place. Pretty much a standard and expectable reaction to such jerkiness, isn't it?

    As to the pastor that of his own volition withdrew as the inaugural speaker why would you say he was 'asked to withdraw?' He said himself it was his decision. Why would you misrepresent the situation? That is the most important 'Why' that crops up here so very often.

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  3. In what world could quoting from the Bible be divisive? This is what political correctedness has brought us, you can't even say Gods truth because gays as sooooo sensitive.

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  4. I agree with Murray. We should not allow pastors in the senate who do not support gay rights.

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  5. If what this guy in the above post says is true then I would suggest this site needs to use more care in the reporting of facts. As far as our state Senator, it would seem to me that the prayer left it in God's hands to do His good pleasure and that the Senator has a problem with that very God (who will not be mock by the way). If He (God) answers the prayer then the Senator is sunk right!

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  6. 10:08 I agree, this is what political correctness has brought us to. The gay activists have created a world where they will only allow you to pray prayers that they approve and believe scriptures that condone their life style. Washingtonians opened the proverbial can of worms in supporting these people. Gary is right this is only the beginning.

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  7. Does Ed Murray now own the senate and the freedom to speak there?

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  8. Any part of the Bible that does not affirm the gay life style is said to be polarizing, divisive and regrettable. Don't look now but our religious freedoms have just taken another hit.

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  9. Is Senator Murray trying to bully the pastor into praying what he wants the pastor to pray?

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  10. Ed Murray will pay for this. He'll know pain and suffering for all eternity. God will not be censored!

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  11. Oster. The blog was a question. See the question mark after the word censor. I think Murray was trying to bully the pastor and send a message that any other pastor who prays had better watch his words.

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  12. Vishanti. How was the situation mis- represented? Gary is asking the question, "Is Murray trying to censor prayers in the senate?" Surely you get that. You are just trying to make things up as you often do, to undermine and discredit anyone who does not support your life style.

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    1. Don't be deceptive. I said misrepresented in relation to the second part of the blog relating to the minister who himself declined to speak at the president's inaugeration. As to censor and bully? Please he said that the statements were inappropriate, which is his right. The pastor said just want he was probably expected to say considering his church was actively against marriage equality and on the losing side of R74. The question is, why would the anyone have invited someone who would be expected to say divisive things on the opening day of the legislature?

      And we have talked about this issue far more than the representatives on either side have - this is pure mean spirited circus orchestrated by those who have committed to not get along with their fellow Washingtonians, in the legislature and in general.

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    2. Going along and getting along are 2 different things.

      Craig in Lacey

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  13. "Strengthen marriage as You ordained it for our good and Your glory."
    Clean, clear, concise... I like it.

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  14. 10:44 & 10:48... Vishanti's main goal is to censor Faith and Freedom to fit his worldview. It is why he is consistently one of the first to respond once a "gay" issue is posted here. This would be how he shows how "tolerant" he is.

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  15. "...prayer before this institution..."
    If it weren't so sad, it would be hilarious that Sen Murray's comment sounds like prayers are to be prayed for the Senate's enjoyment and approval. We address The ALMIGHY in prayer. Not the Senate!

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  16. I get it. Murray thinks the pastor is praying to him and he is teachng the pastor how and what to pray. That makes sense.

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    1. Praying to Murray? Hahahahaha....LOL, that's rich! A legend in his own mind? That's hilarious.

      Craig in Lacey

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  17. Ed Murray has been telling his church (Catholic) what to believe and teach so long that he now has a messianic complex.

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  18. Our senator who art in Olympia elevated be thy status. Give me a break.

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  19. If these atheists think we'll pray to them, they need to bow down to us.

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    1. That's a very ignorant statement. Are you God? Are you honestly saying that someone should bow down to you? If you claim Christ you should know better.

      Shame on you and your hardness of heart. We are called to pray for those who spitefully use us and that would include atheists. How is that manifesting the fruit of the Spirit, or showing love as described in 1 Cor 13? Confess and repent, brother.

      Craig in Lacey

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    2. Get real Craig teh atheist are ruining our country and we can't let them. WE are the rigteous ones and this country is rightfully ours.

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    3. You obviously still didn't get it, man is to bow down to God, not man. "Thou shall have no other gods before me" applies here. God alone is worthy of worship.

      Do you not understand that this world is not our home? That the weapons of our warfare are the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God? Yes, we must speak biblical truth, but with a spirit of gentleness, exercising self-control. We don't win over the lost with cautic comments, but by displaying Christ in us, the hope of glory.

      Craig in Lacey

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  20. The man has every right to pray according to the dictates of his conscience.

    Jesus said he didn't come to bring peace but a sword, because the Gospel by it's very nature is divisive. Good for him.

    Craig in Lacey

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