Integrity Matters: Hawaii Lawmakers Should Not Ban Prayer at Capitol

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BY DONNA SWEERE – Hawaii lawmakers, please do not abandon the tradition of opening sessions with an invocation.


The U.S. Supreme Court, in Marsh v. Chambers in 1983, has already ruled that prayers at the start of each legislative day are not a violation of the establishment clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

As an elected representative during this time of turmoil and fiscal challenge, God’s blessing on your decision-making is not a tradition to abandon.

We need to see that all of you stand up to the ACLU in its erroneous effort to undermine faith based values.  Integrity matters.

Donna Sweere is a resident of Kona, Hawaii. Reach her at

808 334-1135