UPDATED: Rep. Amy Volk: “Someone needs to let her know we are not a Muslim nation.”
On June 23, 2011 At 10:00 pm
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Both the Maine House and Senate begin each legislative day with a prayer. Tuesday, 24 May, was no different, as the Rev. Donna Lee Muise of the First Parish Federated Church in South Berwick was on hand to provide an invocation. It was brief, as you can read for yourself:
Read the last lines again:
And so in all Your many names – Yahweh, Allah, God – we pray that Your will be done. Amen and Shalom.
One meant to be inclusive to all those of faith in a Creator. One meant to honor and respect the different religions practiced by others. So be it and peace unto you.
At least one member of the House took offense to it, however. Rep. Amy Volk (R-Scarborough) was so bothered that she got off a blast on her facebook page soon after she heard it:
Someone ought to remind Rep. Volk that she represents ALL the people of her district, not just the ones that meet her narrow definition of what is acceptable.
And further, I’ll remind Rep. Volk that upon taking office she took the following oath:
“I, Amy Volk do swear, that I will support the Constitution of the United States and of this State, so long as I shall continue a citizen thereof. So help me God.”
“I Amy Volk do swear, that I will faithfully discharge, to the best of my abilities, the duties incumbent on me as Representative according to the Constitution and laws of the State. So help me God.”
And that the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Update:ebohlman over to Daily Kos noted that Arab Christians refer to “God” as “Allah,” and after some poking around, I found this answer to why do many Arab Christians refer to God as “Allah”? From it:
And what about the 10 to 12 million Arab Christians today? They have been calling God ‘Allah’ in their Bibles, hymns, poems, writings, and worship for over nineteen centuries. What an insult to them when we tell them not to use this word ‘Allah’! Instead of bridging the distance between Muslims and Christians, we widen the gulf of separation between them and us when we promote such a doctrine. Those who still insist that it is blasphemy to refer to God as Allah should also consider that Muhammad’s father was named Abd Allah, ‘God’s servant,’ many years before his son was born or Islam was founded!”