The Left’s Town Halls: “Pray on Your Own Time.”


Well, this isn’t very much like the Tea Party town halls:

As U.S. senators and representatives took a brief recess this week, visiting their home states for town hall meetings with constituents, one senator ran into some issues with a tough crowd. Bill Cassidy, a first-term Republican senator from Louisiana, was meeting with a crowd of constituents in Metairie yesterday, but as Louisiana State chaplain Michael Sprague begun to recite an opening prayer, the crowd immediately began to heckle him.

One man interrupted Sprague’s first words to shout, “Amen! Let’s get on with it.” Another person added, “Pray on your own time. This is our time.” Meanwhile, a group of people began to chant repeatedly, “Separation of church and state.”

Sure, it’s a little unfair to pull one anecdote from across the country as representative, but it’s also not entirely surprising that something like this would happen.  That’s particularly true if one remembers the move within the national Democrat Party to remove mention of God from its platform, with boos when the party bosses maneuvered to reverse the decision.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    Freedom of religion does not mean freedom from religion. Most, but not all, organized religions i know of are apolitically humanitarian. I am not always convinced they are following the correct muse. “Separation of church and state” was never meant as a tool to expunge religion.

    • Raymond Carter

      Actually it was. The phrase is NOT in the US Constitution. It IS under the old Soviet Constitution.
      States could, and did for decades have official STATE religions. The 1st amendment only barred a NATIONAL religion.

      • ShannonEntropy

        The 14th Amendment — adopted in 1868 — extends all national rights to the States

        Section I =► No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States …

      • Rhett Hardwick

        You are correct. “States Rights”. Many states were founded as religious sanctuaries, for instance Maryland was Catholic.