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Republicans in This Legislature Boycotted the Daily Prayer After a Minister Prayed for Abortion
lifenews.com ^ | March 4, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger

Posted on 03/04/2016 9:38:55 AM PST by Morgana

Kentucky pro-life lawmakers refused to attend the opening of the state General Assembly last week because a pastor began the meeting by praying for abortions.

The Rev. Lauren Mayfield, pastor of the Lynhurst United Church of Christ in Louisville, Kentucky, was a guest of pro-abortion state Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, a member of the church, according to the Daily Independent.

During the opening prayer on Tuesday, Feb. 23, Mayfield prayed for “these legislators [to] work toward preserving the dignity of women in the quest for reproductive justice,” the report states. She also prayed for vision, peace and justice and asked the “holy source” to lead lawmakers in the “spirit of collaboration and gentleness.”

The report continues:

So when House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, gaveled in the House Wednesday, there were no Republicans – or nearly none – present. (Four were shown as answering the roll call on their voting machines but they apparently quickly departed the chamber.)

House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, said the Republicans’ absence was deliberate.

“We are extremely disappointed in the choice by Speaker Stumbo and House Democrats for the offering of prayer yesterday,” said Hoover. “Today, we just decided to have our own time of prayer and avoid the embarrassment of yesterday and not be a part of it.”

… Hoover believes Mayfield’s reference to “reproductive justice” was staged by Stumbo, Jenkins, and Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, who deny the charge.

Keep up with the latest pro-life news and information on Twitter.

Marzian is pro-choice and sponsor of a bill relating to male prescriptions for erectile dysfunction drugs to mimic and satirize a bill requiring women to undergo face-to-face counseling 24 hours prior to an abortion. That bill has been signed into law. Marzian’s would require men to make two doctors’ visits, supply a note of permission from their wives and an oath on the bible they’d use the prescription only for relations with their wives.

Stumbo and Jenkins said they had no advance knowledge of the subject of Mayfield’s prayer.

In the past few months, pro-lifers have been winning long-fought victories for unborn babies and their moms in the Kentucky legislature.

One of the measures that pro-abortion legislators oppose is Senate Bill 4, which pro-life Gov. Matt Bevin recently signed into law. It is the first pro-life law to pass the Kentucky legislature in 12 years.

The new law amends the state’s informed consent law to require either an in-person or a real-time video consultation between a doctor and woman at least 24 hours before having an abortion, according to the Associated Press. During the meeting, the woman will be informed about the risks of abortion, the age of her unborn baby and the support available to her if she chooses childbirth.

Legislators said the bill was needed because some abortion facilities were not conducting live consultations with women before abortion procedures; instead, they would instruct women to call in and listen to a recorded message, which didn’t allow women to ask questions or voice concerns, according to the AP.


TOPICS: Moral Issues; Other Christian; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: abortion; churchofchrist; deathpanels; kentucky; louisville; minister; obamacare; plannedparenthood; prayer; prolife; republicans; statesrights; stemexpress; supersaturday; zerocare

1 posted on 03/04/2016 9:38:55 AM PST by Morgana
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To: Morgana
" “these legislators [to] work toward preserving the dignity of women in the quest for reproductive justice,”

So by obvious critical thinking, being pregnant and carrying a baby to term can be a crime based on that statement?

2 posted on 03/04/2016 9:43:42 AM PST by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Morgana

Reproductive justice?

Just put a penny between your knees, for crying out loud.


3 posted on 03/04/2016 9:50:12 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Morgana
Rev. Lauren Mayfield

Not a Reverend

but a left wing propagandist

. Mayfield prayed [?????} for “these legislators to work toward preserving the dignity of women in the quest for reproductive justice.”

What about the little children, 'Reverend'?

You don't give a **** about "justice" for them?

Leftwing Propagandist and Phony "Reverend" Rev. Lauren Mayfield

4 posted on 03/04/2016 9:55:14 AM PST by MarvinStinson
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To: Morgana

A woman “pastor”? Jesus never heard of such a thing, and neither should His church. Many of these satanic teachings come from women who have usurped a role designated by God as reserved for males. (A pastor is to be “the husband of one wife,” according to Scripture.)


5 posted on 03/04/2016 9:59:13 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: MarvinStinson

Is she a pastor in the Satanic Church?


6 posted on 03/04/2016 10:03:04 AM PST by seawolf101
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To: blackdog

**Mayfield prayed for “these legislators [to] work toward preserving the dignity of women in the quest for reproductive justice,”**

None of which is the calling of a Christian minister.


7 posted on 03/04/2016 10:05:48 AM PST by Gamecock ( Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul...Matthew 10:28)
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To: Morgana

Pro choice = Pro death


8 posted on 03/04/2016 10:07:02 AM PST by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: txrefugee
**Many of these satanic teachings come from women who have usurped a role designated by God as reserved for males.**

This started long before women were allowed to play pastor.

For women to even get to that point the authority of Scripture had to be undermined. Libs had to ask that age old question Did God really say...

9 posted on 03/04/2016 10:07:46 AM PST by Gamecock ( Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul...Matthew 10:28)
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To: Gamecock
It's like people don't comprehend words anymore. They merely pay attention to the tone, decorum, and buffet breakfast when making decisions on public policy.

Americans have to be the dumbest upright knuckle draggers on the planet.

10 posted on 03/04/2016 10:09:26 AM PST by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Gamecock

The truth and benefit of everything God said by whatever means (there was no scripture yet, at least that we are told). Sometimes bible-based Christians take this as a specific quarrel with the bible, but it ends up being a quarrel with all wisdom. God expresses wisdom in many ways.


11 posted on 03/04/2016 10:15:11 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Gamecock

Actually it would be; they just have a cockamamie idea of reproductive justice.

Reproductive justice is doing it right, the way God made it to be. If pursued sincerely, it’s better than anything the world ever came up with to twist it.


12 posted on 03/04/2016 10:17:14 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Morgana

So, who was the prayer directed to? Molech?


13 posted on 03/04/2016 10:18:50 AM PST by BipolarBob
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To: Gamecock

And it’s a whole lot more than “sex.”

Sex is like the cherry on top of the sundae. There is far more involved in the sundae, there is the ice cream, there is the chocolate syrup, there may be caramel, etc. Scarfing down cherries and calling that sundaes, is ridiculous.


14 posted on 03/04/2016 10:19:49 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: BipolarBob

Effectually; some horribly, horribly constricted idea of God at the very least.


15 posted on 03/04/2016 10:23:56 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Morgana

Correction: The United Church of Satan


16 posted on 03/04/2016 10:26:41 AM PST by drypowder
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To: BipolarBob

BUT TO BE FAIR... these screaming monsters aren’t the only people in this world who have come up with a horribly, horribly constricted idea of God.

A lot of Christians who should know better do so, too. The moment you hear “purity” palaver about things like “missionary position” etc. might read the Song of Solomon to start to get an idea of what a “missionary position” might be, and it’s a lot wilder than you’d think.


17 posted on 03/04/2016 10:26:48 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: drypowder

But ultimately, untied church of satan (it undoes itself after having worked its destined quantity of mischief).


18 posted on 03/04/2016 10:28:05 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Morgana

“reproductive justice “!!!!????!!!!
You kill the baby-in-formation and that’s justice?


19 posted on 03/04/2016 10:30:58 AM PST by I want the USA back (The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. Orwell.)
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To: Morgana

My first thought was “what kind of Satanic ‘church’ prays for abortion?” My second thought was, “oh, UCC, that’s no surprise”.


20 posted on 03/04/2016 10:31:39 AM PST by Pollster1 ("A Bill of Rights that means what the majority wants it to mean is worthless." - Scalia)
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To: seawolf101

pastor of the Lynhurst United Church of Christ in Louisville, Kentucky


21 posted on 03/04/2016 10:39:04 AM PST by MarvinStinson
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To: txrefugee
A pastor is to be “the husband of one wife,” according to Scripture

I hate to bring things like that up anymore because of what gets defined as a "wife" these days.

22 posted on 03/04/2016 10:43:54 AM PST by Gil4 (And the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, ax and saw)
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To: seawolf101
Is she a pastor in the Satanic Church?

United Church of Christ (not to be confused with Church of Christ.) So the answer is "yes".

23 posted on 03/04/2016 10:46:28 AM PST by Gil4 (And the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, ax and saw)
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To: seawolf101
Rep. Joni Jenkins: Personal religious convictions matter, but ‘there are many paths to righteousness’

Mar 1st, 2016
http://www.nkytribune.com/2016/03/rep-joni-jenkins-personal-religious-convictions-matter-but-there-are-many-paths-to-righteousness/

Rep. Joni Jenkins

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Along with other elected officials, I have reflected much on the intersection of faith and politics. As a person of faith, I cannot totally divorce that part of myself when I walk into the governmental/political arena.

While my Christianity influences every personal and political decision I make, I have been hesitant to publicly reference my faith in performing my governmental duties.

As an adult, I joined the United Church of Christ, a denomination noted for its many firsts – the first to ordain women, persons of color and persons of diverse sexual orientation – and because it spoke to my beliefs of social justice and God’s abundant love.

The UCC is just one of the many mainstream protestant Christian churches that share these doctrines.

In my 22 years serving as State Representative for the 44th House District, I have witnessed an increasing trend of legislators referencing their religious beliefs in discussions on the floor of the House. Those beliefs tend to be nearly always couched as “Christian” and arc predominately conservative.

After much soul searching, it became important to me to give voice to other Christian stances of equality, not to lay claim to being more correct but to share another world view with my colleagues.

One of my dearest friends, who happens to be Jewish, sums it up beautifully: “There are many paths to righteousness”.

Last week, I invited my pastor, the Reverend Lauren Jones Mayfield of Lynnhurst United Church of Christ in Louisville, to open the House of Representative’s day with prayer.

I found her prayer to be beautiful in its call to put aside our political differences and work on the issues that affect all Kentuckians, understanding that it was not a traditional prayer encountered in many of the state representatives’ places of worship.

And yes, Rev Mayfield mentioned those issues that differ among our diverse Christian traditions:

“May these legislators work toward preserving the dignity of women in the quest for reproductive justice; may they honor the needs of those who are wrongly imprisoned. May they demand equality for all Kentucky residents regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. May they believe that black lives matter. May our work be for those who are unable to be here to lobby and speak for themselves.”

I was grateful to so many colleagues, staff and guests in attendance who expressed their appreciation for the prayer.

But I was shocked at the response of a number of my colleagues, who walked out mid prayer and one in particular who emailed Rev. Mayfield a disrespectful and ugly message which included “you are an embarrassment to my Christ.” To make matters worse, the entire House Minority Caucus boycotted the next day’s prayer in protest.

Beyond their rudeness to my pastor, I am very concerned about the message the House Republicans are sending to all Kentuckians which translates to “we believe in religious freedom, as long as it is constant with our religious beliefs.”

I am saddened [Favorite Tom Daschle leftwing comment] by the apparent double standard the Republicans constantly employ, especially as they purport to be fierce defenders of the United States Constitution which guarantees freedom from religious oppression.

Every person, regardless of their religion, should be welcomed to the House chamber and shown dignity and respect.

I will continue to treat all chamber guests in this manner in spite of my wonderful pastor’s boorish reception and ill-mannered actions of the Christian House Republicans.

.............................................................

Rev. Lauren Jones Mayfield

Prayer delivered to the Kentucky General Assembly
February, 23, 2016

Come and dwell among us, holy source of vision. We confess that we need you now as much as we have ever needed a stabilizing presence of compassion, empathy, thoughtfulness, and rational discourse.

Into this session of legislative activity, I pray for these elected officials as they continue their deliberations. May the business that they conduct, the policies they support, and the notions they follow take steps in the direction of broadening your transformative and inclusive spirit.

Let them not be held hostage by the conventions of Republican or Democrat, but may your spirit of collaboration and gentleness bring them to new understandings of themselves as one body called to protect the vulnerable and uplift the downtrodden.

Come and dwell among us source of peace. When we are afraid or anxious we narrow our definition of your character and claim your presence as our own. Empower these law makers to rise above fear and retaliation.

Help all of us to forego the easy road of blame and self-preservation, so that together we can unearth unity. The simplicity of viewing you and Jesus and other prophets sitting on lofty thrones in the heavens, looking down with contempt or joy, wrongly exemplifies the miracle of grace.

Instead, you call us to take seriously your engagement with your beloved children…in the streets of our cities and across the farmlands of our counties. You are living and active, as close as our breath. May these leaders breathe in your love and exhale your expansive and radical presence of generosity and inclusivity.

May these legislators work toward preserving the dignity of women in the quest for reproductive justice; may they honor the needs of those who are wrongly imprisoned. May they demand equality for all Kentucky residents regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. May they believe that black lives matter. May our work be for those who are unable to be here to lobby and speak for themselves.

Come and dwell among us source of justice so that the democratic activity of today will bring liberation tomorrow. Inspire us to embody courage, wisdom, and empathy. These are qualities that you teach and long to return to us favorably. Amen.

24 posted on 03/04/2016 10:58:20 AM PST by MarvinStinson
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“Sex is like the cherry on top of the sundae. There is far more involved in the sundae, there is the ice cream, there is the chocolate syrup, there may be caramel, etc. Scarfing down cherries and calling that sundaes, is ridiculous.”

HTRD I don’t agree with a lot you say, but on that I do, except one thing. You forgot the nuts! Heaven knows this crowd is full of them.


25 posted on 03/04/2016 11:08:52 AM PST by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: MarvinStinson
Rep. Joni Jenkins: Personal religious convictions matter, but ‘there are many paths to righteousness’

There is one path to righteousness. "Jesus said 'I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'"

26 posted on 03/04/2016 11:17:25 AM PST by Gil4 (And the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, ax and saw)
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To: Pollster1

That wasn’t a prayer.

It was a “let me take this opportunity to cover all of the leftwing talking points I can in this short amount of time I’ve been given.”

I don’t believe in using prayer, anywhere to deliver political opinion.


27 posted on 03/04/2016 11:40:47 AM PST by MarvinStinson
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To: txrefugee

The woman (Eve) was deceived. Adam transgressed, but was not deceived. Hence, Christ and His apostles, in line with the Rabbinate before them, have never sanctioned women pastors.


28 posted on 03/04/2016 11:52:45 AM PST by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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To: MarvinStinson

“Jesus and other prophets”


29 posted on 03/04/2016 12:44:05 PM PST by SouthernClaire
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To: SouthernClaire

I didn’t even see that.

Thanks for pointing it out.


30 posted on 03/04/2016 12:56:09 PM PST by MarvinStinson
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To: MarvinStinson

YW, Marvin. I hope you have plenty of highlighter.

;-)


31 posted on 03/04/2016 12:59:26 PM PST by SouthernClaire
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To: seawolf101
Is she a pastor in the Satanic Church?

She is if she euphemizes ABORTION by calling it "reproductive justice."

Reproductive justice = Respect for life

32 posted on 03/04/2016 1:56:21 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: Morgana

A supposed pastor said a supposed prayer for the continued commission of murder.


33 posted on 03/04/2016 2:13:54 PM PST by onedoug
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To: Morgana

If she truly wanted reproductive justice there would be no killing of innocent babies.


34 posted on 03/05/2016 3:32:40 AM PST by HarleyD
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