FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 31, 2007
CONTACT: Matt Lloyd (202) 226-4379
PENCE COMMENDS BOSMA, 7th CIRCUIT COURT FOR ALLOWING OPENING PRAYER ININDIANA GENERAL ASSEMBLY
WASHINGTON, DC -
U.S. Congressman Mike Pence gave the following speech on the House floor this morning in praise of Indiana House Minority Leader Brian Bosma for his leadership and efforts to allow the acknowledgement of God in the Indiana State House:
"Since the American founding, acknowledging God has been at the center of the American experience. Today, for example, Congress opened our day in prayer. Now thanks to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Indiana General Assembly can open in prayer again.
"In November 2005, U.S. District Judge David Hamilton ruled that opening prayers in the Indiana House of Representatives could not mention Jesus or endorse a particular religion. Then House Speaker Brian Bosma appealed the decision and yesterday in a two-to-one opinion, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court overruled that decision. .
"I commend the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and I particularly rise to commend the tenacious and principled leadership of Republican Minority Leader Brian Bosma. Because of his efforts, Hoosiers can continue our long tradition of acknowledging God in the public square and in the well of the people's State House."