A Minnesota lawmaker wants state senate leaders to order chaplains to keep their Senate invocations nondenominational and refrain from overt mentions of Jesus, Christianity - or any other faith-specific references.
State Sen. Terri Bonoff, who is Jewish, said she feels uncomfortable when ministers mention Jesus and Christianity during prayers.
Listen to this report from Fox News Radio's Todd Starnes:
The breaking point came on Monday when Dennis Campbell, the pastor of Granite City Baptist Church, offered a prayer that mentioned Jesus Christ three times.
"And we pray, Lord, that you help us to show reverence to the Lord Jesus Christ and the word of God today," Campbell prayed.
After the prayer, Bonoff rose to voice her objections. She also demanded that he not be invited back. And now the Democratic lawmaker wants senate leaders to require chaplains to deliver non-denominational prayers.
"I'm a very religious woman and believe deeply in God," Bonoff told Twincities.com. "We honor God in public and our political discourse, and that's proper. But in doing a nondenominational prayer we are honoring him without violating the separation of church and state."
State Sen. David Brown, who invited Pastor Campbell to the senate, defended the prayer.
"If we're going to invite clergy to the Senate session to pray, we know they're coming from a denomination or a religion that represents a belief system," he told Twincities.com. "I believe we don't have the right to censor their prayers."