These Arizona House of Representative invocations are becoming must-see videos!
After watching the godless invocations by Rep. Juan Mendez and Rep. Ruben Gallego, I wasn’t expecting to want to watch one delivered by a Catholic… but the invocation delivered by Democrat Rep. Mark Cardenas on February 18 (and uploaded to YouTube now) was fascinating.
Cardenas’ invocation was only six seconds long. But it was preceded by a 30-second disclaimer about how this was only his personal view and how he doesn’t presume to speak for anyone but himself.
Personally, I’m Catholic and I believe in a loving, healing, saving God spoken of in my religion. But I’m here to represent all Arizonans regardless of whether or not they share my religion or any religion. Today, I’m going to say a personal prayer from my Catholic tradition, but I do not presume to pray for all members in this body or people in this state. And I honor the freedom of religion and conscience of all Arizonans. I take very seriously the obligation to protect the policy-making process… and the Constitutional principles rather than any religious belief.
All prayers should come with disclaimers…
I don’t know why Cardenas chose to say those words, but considering it came about a week after Rep. Gallego gave his non-religious invocation, I’d like to think there’s a direct connection.
(Thanks to Serah for the link!)