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    • > opening prayers in Congress just don't affect government's impact on people's lives.

      I don't agree with this. I agree it doesn't have a direct impact but it has a subtle subconscious context that does indirectly influence our representatives. It implies that religion plays a part in politics. Even though we don't have a national religion, Christianity has a strong pull on a lot the policies and laws that are put into place. Prayers in Congress just reinforces this.

    • If there are 435 members of Congress and 300 of them believe in some form of religion (or not), then by definition, religion plays a part in government.

    • I certainly agree that religion plays a part in politics, and hence, government. That's pretty obvious. But do you really think there would be the slightest change in legislation if Congress eliminated the opening prayer? What policies would change?

    • There would be no immediate change if Congress eliminated the opening prayer. But it does legitimize the bias of religion in politics. By eliminating the prayer the hope would be that over time this bias and influence would be minimized and/or eliminated.

    • eliminating a prayer won’t eliminate bias. That’s like suggesting desegregation will eliminate racism. Here we are 50 years later and racism isn’t dead yet.

    • Don't get me wrong, we've come a ways. But the thing is, eliminating one thing does not necessarily make another just go away.

    • I'm thinking "Christian" is capitalized because Christ is considered a proper noun (maybe?) Not sure about Monsignor.