By Terry Vanderheyden

INDIANAPOULIS, February 15, 2006 ( – The Indiana House voted 83-0 to re-instate Christian prayer after a federal judge there declared the practice of invoking the name of Jesus Christ unconstitutional.

“It’s time to bring our prayer from the back of the room to the front of the room,” said South Bend Democratic House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer, according to coverage.

House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, suspended the 189-year-old tradition of prayer before legislative business, after U.S. District Judge David Hamilton ruled in November that the practice was unconstitutional.

The Senate passed a similar resolution last month. Bosma said he has requested that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals halt the order, as the House resolution is not legally binding.

“The content of prayer should be protected from the court’s interference,” asserted Bill Friend, R-Macy, who sponsored the resolution.


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