Senate’s Decision to Ban Prayer: Saddest Day in Hawaii

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BY RHONDA GLASS – I thought I had already seen some of the saddest events this country has had to endure in recent times, but the state senate’s decision to ban prayers prior to their daily sessions really takes the cake.  Not only does Hawaii now hold the dubious distinction of being the first state to approve such a ban, but the reasons for its doing so are ridiculously lame.


Once again, our state legislators have exhibited their collective ignorance of the very documents that each of them has sworn to preserve, protect and defend.  The one glowing exception to this is Sen. Sam Slom.

The intimidation tactics of the ACLU are tiresome repetitions of well-worn arguments that were inaccurate to begin with.  I’m still waiting for someone to show me exactly where in the Constitution this so-called “separation of church and state” is printed.  Maybe it is only in the revisionist (post-1920) progressive version.

The First Amendment in my version says that the government “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”  That’s pretty clear, I think.  I am sickened at how the ACLU has abused our own legal system with its repeated attempts to deprive Americans of their basic God-given freedoms.  What’s worse is that Americans have allowed them to keep doing it.

Shame on those in our state senate, and in the state house of representatives as well, who would even entertain the notion of legislating God out of our government in this manner.  But since the majority of them are lawyers – and many of them probably are ACLU members themselves – it should be no surprise to anyone that another attack on religion (especially the Christians) would be their first order of business this year.

I wonder how many of them know that the largest church building in this country is the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC – and that Congress recommended that it be used for church services even before it was used for official government business?

Do they know that it was Congress that also commissioned the first Bible to be printed in America – for use in our public schools?  Twenty-nine (more than half) of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were clergymen of various religious denominations.  So tell me again, ACLU.  What does that “separation of church and state” stuff really mean?

These are but a few of the things that the ACLU and secular progressives want eradicated from our remarkable American history.  And they are the key to what has made our system of government the most outstanding in the history of all mankind.  The best way to gain control over the populace is to take away its heritage, remove every remnant of a sovereign God from its society (replacing it with government), and dumb down the children.

Hawaii, it’s time to wake up.  The ACLU and other organizations like it will not stop hacking away at our foundations until they are entirely destroyed.  If our legislators no longer pray inside the state capitol, then we citizens need to pray in their stead every day that they are in session, preferably on the steps of that building.  When election time comes around again, let us all remember who among them thinks we no longer need God in our government.

Rhonda Glass is a Founding Member of the TEA Party Maui. Reach her at





  1. I am truly sickened by the State Legislatures decision. They should of fought the ACLU tooth and nail to keep the pule in the house. Funny how this group has no problem championing causes that promote the progressive agenda, while trampling all over the rights of those whom they are supposed to be protecting. A house that cannot acknowledge the creator and ask for strength and guidence to do what is pono for the people, all the people, will surely fail. This is a slap in the face to the Hawaiian culture, and really shows how out of touch these people are with the communities they serve.
    Are we beginning the march to eradicate all Hawaiin customs from the government? So many have a basis in the various creators/Gods. This is another step forward in destroying Aloha, which is already very fragile. Once Aloha is gone, we will be just like the mainland, instead of unique and special.
    Shame on each and every one of you who supported this.

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