Thank God we have Representatives like Mike Reynolds that are not afraid to speak out about morality. After the pastor was introduced by Rep. McCaffrey the pastor then turned and introduced his male homosexual lover. From what, I understand, it is very uncommon for a guest to introduce another guest. No doubt this was a grandstand play for the homosexual movement. Go to the actual recording of Rep McCaffrey comments. McCaffery, used the words “comments to be recorded in the Journal” not “prayer to be recorded”. http://18.104.22.168/AudioArchives/2009/2/11/1018_Motion%20-%20McAffrey.MP3
What I found, when I went to the House Journal, the record had been altered and the word “prayer” has been inserted rather than the actual comment. Journalhttp://www.okhouse.gov/Journals/HJ2009/2009%20Hleg% 20Day8.pdf
Below is Rep. Reynolds press release.
Oklahoma House of RepresentativesMedia Division
February 13, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Mike Reynolds
Capitol: (405) 557-7337
Reynolds: Special Treatment Out of Line for Gay Pastor
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Mike Reynolds said legislators have no reason to apologize for their vote to oppose special privileges for a homosexual pastor.
“I cannot recall a time when the House previously voted to include the pre-prayer comments of any pastor of any background in the official House journal,” said Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City. “We have typically included sermons given by pastors in the journal, but not random comments made before a prayer. The only discrimination being advocated here is coming from homosexual activists demanding special rights and privileges that others do not receive.”
This week the Rev. Scott Jones, a local gay minister, gave the opening prayer for the House session. Before giving the prayer, he introduced people in the gallery, including his “loving” partner, another man.
After the prayer, one legislator asked that the pastor’s “remarks” be included in the official House journal, which indicated that both the prayer and earlier comments would be transcribed – a practice that is “unheard of” based on past precedent, Reynolds noted.
As a result, Reynolds and 19 other House members voted against placing those comments into the record.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today criticized the vote “to not include the comments and prayer” of Rev. Scott.
“Typically, Americans United for Separation of Church and State can’t wait to criticize religious leaders,” Reynolds said. “Apparently, the group’s situational ethics require defending a gay pastor but not a sectarian Ten Commandments monument. The hypocrisy is astounding.
“I think most Oklahomans see this ‘controversy’ for what it is: a fringe group upset that some lawmakers actually believe ‘equality’ really does mean treating everyone the same.”