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Steven Waldman

The White House is vetting prayers? A great scoop from Dan Gilgoff at US News. On this one I disagree with Obama and agree with Barry Lynn.
This is a great illustration of why Madison said, when in doubt, err on the side of separation. At first blush, what could be wrong with a prayer before an event? Then you realize it’s a presidential event, so you have to be careful nothing crazy gets said. But being careful means, someone has to read the prayers, and before long you have a White House staffer who has the job of approving prayers.

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