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MRP: Jay Nixon’s Opposition to School Prayer Raises Serious Questions

February 15th, 2008 by mopns · No Comments

JEFFERSON CITY _ With legislation emphasizing the right to pray in public currently pending the Legislature, Missourians deserve to know Jay Nixon’s position on the issue in light of his opposition to school prayer.The legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. Mike McGhee of Odessa clarifies state law by emphasizing the rights of citizens and school children to pray and exercise their faith in public, something that Nixon clearly opposed as a political candidate.

During his 1988 failed U.S. Senate bid, Nixon was asked by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on September 9 of that year whether he supported prayer in schools and his response was: “No.”

Nixon’s stance is clearly hypocritical in light of an attack he launched at Republicans in Poplar Bluff during the dedication of the homeless shelter in 2006: ‘“Too often there are those who say they have Christian values,’ Nixon said in his remarks at the dedication of the center, a homeless shelter. ‘Too often they talk the talk but they don’t walk the walk.’”

“It is time for Jay Nixon to walk the walk and explain to Missourians whether he still opposes school prayer and whether he would veto legislation in the future that would emphasize the rights of Missourians to pray and exercise their faith in public,” said Paul Sloca, communications director for the Missouri Republican Party. “If Jay Nixon wants to be governor, then Missourians deserve to know where he stands on this very important issue currently being debated in Jefferson City.”

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  • 1 Marion Cobretti // Feb 15, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Jay Nixon has been on a free ride so far. His record will start floating to the surface in the next few months.

    School prayer is just the beginning.

    Democrats could have, and should have, done a lot better in choosing a candidate. They should have taken the decision to the people instead of just annointing someone.

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