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QUOTE: “My response to her was I am a Christian, and as a Christian I too can be offended, and I am offended if I cannot pray in the name of Jesus.” —Ron Baity, the pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Forsyth County, N.C., who was told that he could not use the name of Jesus in his opening prayer for the North Carolina House of Representatives because it may offend some in attendance. Baity was invited to give the opening prayer at the House session but had to submit it in writing first. Upon review, he was told he needed to drop the phrase “In the name of Jesus.” For many years the house has requested, but not required, pastors to deliver nonsectarian prayers. Because of Baity’s complaint, it is considering banning all prayers before sessions. [, 7/9/10]

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