Whether it’s a Catholic priest, a Baptist minister, or one of the House members, each day of a legislative session, the House convenes with a Christian prayer. I asked House Clerk Albert “Butch” Speer when was the last time a prayer was something other than Christian?
“I don’t remember any time,” said the man who has served as House Clerk for 32 years.
Much of the reason is that invocations are done on a volunteer basis; members themselves or their pastors.
“The vast majority of the members of the House profess Christianity as their major religious belief, and so that’s what we’re going to end up with--because it’s purely voluntary,” Speer said.