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Published March 15, 2011, 03:39 PM

MN State Senator Wants Jesus Out of Senate Prayers

A member of the Minnesota Senate says she wants to make sure that chaplains who pray in the Senate chamber avoid overt mentions of Jesus Christ and Christianity, or other faith-specific references.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A member of the Minnesota Senate says she wants to make sure that chaplains who pray in the Senate chamber avoid overt mentions of Jesus Christ and Christianity, or other faith-specific references.

That's after a prayer on the Senate floor Monday by Pastor Dennis Campbell of Granite City Baptist Church in St. Cloud. Sen. Terri Bonoff, who is Jewish, says the numerous mentions of Jesus and Christianity made her uncomfortable.

Bonoff, a Democrat from Minnetonka, wants Senate leaders to require visiting chaplains to keep their prayers nondenominational rather than just request they do so.

But Sen. David Brown, a Republican from Becker, says he believes chaplains who pray in the Senate should be allowed to say what they want and that senators don't have the right to "censor their prayers."

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