Hawaii Senate Invocation Ban Goes Too Far

Katherine Poythress/Civil Beat

Let's start with this: The Legislature is no place for proselytizing. Nor is it a place to invoke a sectarian deity that might make others present feel excluded.

Such statements are divisive and do not fulfill the goal of a religious invocation in a pluralistic society.

But there is, we believe, a benefit that comes from public reflection at the start of a session of the Hawaii state Senate or House that should not be abandoned just because of a threat of a lawsuit.

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