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Seventeen minutes after the top of the hour they haven't even been sworn in yet but already the newest members of congress are being pressured by -- high powered atheist group.
-- want them to abandon prayer claiming that it's in the American people's best interests.
Congressman Randy Forbes and the founder and chair of the congressional prayer caucus and he's my guests and warranties.
Good morning Gretchen so tell me about this letter.
Aggression and its unprecedented some of these extremist groups wanna make sure that -- censored and shut down any thing.
Related to face the congressional prayer caucus.
Is one of the largest caucuses in congress that has over a 105 members.
They stand up and fight for religious freedom and religious liberty in this group.
In a situation that we have never seen before actually wrote letters trying to get numbers not to join and they cited two major things.
One was the fact that we support and believe in the national motto in god we trust.
And the second thing is that we've always advocated the support of continuing to start congress with a prayer every day.
And for those two major reasons they feel that the congressional per caucus should be in existence of people should join so here's of course.
About letter it's from the American humanist association incoming house members should know that approximately.
One in five of their constituents are not religiously affiliated.
And even more insist on maintaining the wall of separation between church and state I ask you not to join.
The congressional prayer caucus but interestingly enough.
Sir only one member of congress was actually a so called atheists and he's not even in congress anymore right now right.
Well that is true mom Gretchen and one of the things that we always say is there's -- litmus test for serving in government we don't.
Ask anybody to believe a certain players say something but that particular member that your talking about that's no longer.
In congress when he came out was talking about being in atheists they actually ran full page ads in papers.
Praising him for doing that and we don't object to them doing that we think he has the right to say what every once the -- The unfortunate thing is these extremist groups don't give us the same right.
And they want to censor our ability to say that we do believe in god and we do believe and are facts yet it's that doubles -- -- -- And it's important to note that no member of our caucus and very few people mainstream America.
-- a situation where government is telling the church what to do but the church is telling government what to did it.
But the Dixie changes what they really want to have happened today is they don't want anybody in government to be able to even mention -- say.
Anything related to god faith or religion and they don't want anyone in the charged to say anything about government and that's.
Clearly not the intention of the First Amendment and the constitution as most of the -- it.
All right congressman Randy Forbes and the chair of the congressional fact -- -- thanks for sharing that information us.
Thank you Gretchen.
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