Colorado lawmakers reviving faith meetings

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- More than two dozen Colorado state lawmakers are reviving a "prayer caucus" to meet during the legislative session to pray and talk about their faith.

All but two of the members are Republican. The caucus, announced Tuesday, includes members of the House and Senate.

Some members of the legislature already hold pre-session bible studies and "prayer caucus" meetings have met in previous years.

Republican Sen. Scott Renfroe of Greeley is co-chairman of the new caucus and he envisions the new group adding to the bible meetings, not replacing them.

Renfroe says it has not yet been determined how often the prayer caucus will meet next session. He says it is important for lawmakers to take some time to reflect on their faiths.

The members of the Colorado Legislative Prayer Caucus are:

-Sen. Scott Renfroe
-Sen. Mike Kopp
-Sen. Greg Brophy
-Sen. Bill Cadman
-Sen. Kevin Grantham
-Sen. Ted Harvey
-Sen. Keith King
-Sen. Kent Lambert
-Sen. Kevin Lundberg
-Sen. Mark Scheffel

-Rep. John Soper
-Rep. Amy Stephens
-Rep. David Balmer
-Rep. Mark Barker
-Rep. Jon Becker
-Rep. J. Paul Brown
-Rep. Brian DelGrosso
-Rep. Rhonda Fields
-Rep. Chris Holbert
-Rep. Janak Joshi
-Rep. James Kerr
-Rep. Tom Massey
-Rep. BJ Nikkel
-Rep. Ray Scott
-Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg
-Rep. Ken Summers
-Rep. Spencer Swalm

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  • by Nun Location: Grand Valley on Oct 20, 2011 at 01:57 PM
    The Constitution prevents goverment from choosing a religion for you. It in no way protects you from religion. If you want protection from religion then an amendment calling for freedom from religion would have to be adopted.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2011 at 11:28 AM
    IF youa are lookin gfor separation between church and state in the constitution, you will never find it. that is because it is not there. nowhere in the constitution does it mention the separation of church and state.
  • by Mary Location: GJ on Sep 8, 2011 at 10:01 AM
    Well, so much for seperation of church and State....
  • by Anonymous on Sep 8, 2011 at 06:14 AM
    Luke here you go, suggest your read the first amendment again: The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law “respecting an establishment of religion,” impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. Originally, the First Amendment applied only to laws enacted by the Congress. However, starting with Gitlow v. New York, 268 U.S. 652 (1925), the Supreme Court has held that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment applies the First Amendment to each state, including any local government.
  • by Luke Location: GJ on Sep 7, 2011 at 07:31 PM
    Where are those rules about separation of church and state? I've looked all over the Constitution and can't find them.
  • by religiondon'tmix Location: western slope on Sep 7, 2011 at 03:39 AM
    Church and State, anyone up for following the rules on separation! didn't think so.. Hypocrites all of them! Please get god out of politics and stop pandering to the religious fanatics!
  • by Disgusted Location: Ritterville on Sep 7, 2011 at 02:22 AM
    Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Luke 23.34
  • by TLC on Sep 6, 2011 at 05:28 PM
    Problem I see is that there will never be any demacrats attending.
  • by GJResident Location: GJ on Sep 6, 2011 at 04:08 PM
    "lamakers" huh. It worked for Perry so now everyone is going to jump on board for votes. How about we check to see whether these so called "lamakers" are actually practicing Christians. There are too many politicians who claim to be conservative Christians who are actually just self serving; but why not, that is what this country was built on--self-interest. Good luck in getting God's attention. He judges you by what is in your heart rather than just what comes out of your mouths. Again, good luck with that.
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