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Arizona House rules: Prayer must be to higher power

February 8, 2016

[Arizona Daily Star] by

PHOENIX — A prayer is only a prayer if it refers to God, at least according to the state House of Representatives.

And that means atheists such as Rep. Juan Mendez, D-Tempe, can’t give the official prayer that starts off every session.

That unofficial policy was adopted last month by House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro, R-Litchfield Park. So the prayer on Monday — the day Mendez wanted because the Secular Coalition of Arizona was at the Capitol — was instead offered by a minister who made repeated references to the Almighty as well as Jesus Christ.

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