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Marriage amendment will not be on ballot in '14

Marriage amendment will not be on ballot in '14

INDIANAPOLIS | Eight seconds of near silence, followed by the sharp bang of a wooden gavel and the roar of cheers and applause ended Indiana's marriage debate — for now.

February 13, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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Praying in public isn't hypocrisy as critic says

I’m writing in response to John Anderson’s Sept. 5 letter. He cites Matthew 6:5 and uses this verse, which supposedly condemns praying in public, to try to evade the issue of prayer in school.

September 12, 2013 12:00 am

Jesus said to pray in private, not in public places

Those who say they are Christian quite often voice opinions that praying to God in public places such as public schools is what Jesus taught.

September 05, 2013 12:00 am

Results of secularism show we need more prayer

Phil Wieland's column regarding prayer in public meetings was in tone, as well as content, another slap at Christianity. His remarks about the crucifixion were insulting and ignorant.

August 16, 2013 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Supreme Court needs to offer clarity on prayers

The recent Times editorial “Government meetings aren’t prayer meetings” provides a welcome opportunity to explain why the office of the attorney general files friend-of-the-court briefs on cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

August 13, 2013 12:00 am

PHIL WIELAND: The religious right's fight is so wrong

It's encouraging to know our state government will spend tax dollars to defend our freedom of religion, as long as it is the "right" religion. Did I say encouraging? I meant scary.

August 09, 2013 12:00 am
U.S. representatives' brief on offical prayer

U.S. representatives' brief on offical prayer

U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., joined many fellow congressmen in filing this U.S. Supreme Court brief in support of allowing official prayers at government meetings.

August 07, 2013 12:00 am
Attorney generals' brief on official prayers

Attorney generals' brief on official prayers

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller joined many fellow state attorneys general in filing this U.S. Supreme Court brief in support of allowing official prayers at government meetings.

August 07, 2013 12:00 am
U.S. senators' brief on official prayer

U.S. senators' brief on official prayer

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., joined many fellow senators in filing this U.S. Supreme Court brief in support of allowing official prayers at government meetings.

August 07, 2013 12:00 am

Prayer is important in fight against violence

We marveled at the success of the Blackhawks winning the championship. The celebration brought out 3,000 or more fans to help celebrate.

August 05, 2013 12:00 am
Zoeller asks Supreme Court to preserve prayer at government meetings

Zoeller asks Supreme Court to preserve prayer at government meetings

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana and 22 other states asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to overturn a federal appellate court ruling that prohibited a New York town from beginning its monthly council meetings with a consistently Christian prayer.

August 02, 2013 4:02 pm Related

Indiana lawmakers to keep starting meetings with prayer

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican leaders controlling the Indiana House and Senate schedules will continue starting legislative session days with a prayer, even as the U.S. Supreme Court reviews the constitutionality of the practice.

June 16, 2013 6:45 pm

Religious Right seeks to undermine personal choice

Belief in a supernatural God, and prayer to a supernatural being, should be a personal choice, not governed or dictated by public officials.

June 16, 2013 12:00 am

First Amendment doesn't forbid prayer at meetings

The First Amendment states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." There is nothing said about the separation of church and state in the foregoing sentence.

June 13, 2013 12:00 am

Hammond City Council debates prayer at government meetings

HAMMOND | Marking a change in tradition, the Hammond City Council observed a moment of silence at Monday's meeting — instead of a prayer.

June 11, 2013 7:30 pm

Opinker to halt prayer at Hammond City Council meetings

HAMMOND | Hammond City Council President Michael Opinker said Thursday he will end the practice of prayer at City Council meetings pending the U.S. Supreme Court's review of prayer at local government meetings.

June 06, 2013 9:00 pm

Hammond councilman vows to continue prayer before meetings

HAMMOND | City Councilman Anthony Higgs said he will continue to offer a prayer at Hammond City Council meetings, amid the U.S. Supreme Court's review of the practice at local government meetings.

June 04, 2013 7:30 pm

Hammond should infuse prayer in more meetings

While I appreciate all Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. is doing in our community and the difference he has been making, I take exception to his proposal to end prayer before council meetings.

June 02, 2013 12:00 am

Views on prayers at local government meetings varied across region

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. said he has brought the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to review a case dealing with prayer at local government meetings to the attention of the Hammond City Council.

May 26, 2013 7:00 pm
Prayer case set for U.S. Supreme Court similar to Ind. House dispute

Prayer case set for U.S. Supreme Court similar to Ind. House dispute

INDIANAPOLIS | Attorney General Greg Zoeller believes Indiana may play a key role in a national question of religion and government whose answer is certain to divide an already fractured country.

May 20, 2013 6:20 pm Related
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