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    Posted February 13, 2009 by
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    Rev Scott Jones reads prayer given in OK State Chamber


    The Justice & Witness Commission of the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference of the United Church of Christ sponsored a press conference today, Friday, February 13th, that took place in the 4th floor rotunda of the capital building in Oklahoma City.  At the event,  Rev. Scott Jones read the prayer again that was given previously during the Oklahoma legislative session.


    In what legislators are calling a first, one-fifth of the Oklahoma House voted on Feb. 11 to strike from the record the prayer offered on the chamber floor by the Rev. Dr. Scott Jones, pastor of Cathedral of Hope UCC-Oklahoma City. Rev. Jones had been invited to deliver the prayer and serve as chaplain for the day by Rep. Al McAffrey, D-Oklahoma City .


    Following the prayer, McAffrey asked that the session vote to include Jones' prayer in the House journal, the official daily record of the chamber. An objection was raised by Rep. John Wright, R-Broken Arrow, who called for a vote on the prayer's inclusion. The vote took place once order had been established, with 64 representatives voting to include the prayer, 20 opposing it and 17 abstentions.


    The Justice and Witness Commission of the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference of the United Church of Christ expressed its outrage at this sort of treatment of not only a fellow UCC clergyperson, but a clergyperson in general.  They feel it is a clear cut violation of all standards of decency and freedom of expression.


    Religious leaders and gay rights supporters said Friday they want an apology from the 20 legislators who voted against making the prayer offered by Rev. Jones a part of the House official record.

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