Inappropriate Prayer: Alabama hasn't figured out the separation of church and state
A July 17 meeting held by the Alabama Public Service Commission, a state government agency, began with a prayer from a Baptist minister who was introduced as a friend of Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh.
The minister, John Jordan of East Memorial Baptist Church in Prattville, Ala., who is also a member of the Alabama Tea Party, began his prayer by polling those present to see who believed in God. Then he went on to pray for a number of things, including forgiveness from God for the "sins" of gay marriage.
"We've taken you [God] out of our schools and out of our prayers," Jordan intoned. "We've said it's okay to have same-sex marriage. We have sinned and we ask once again that you forgive us for our sins."