The Maine Prayer Caucus, affiliated with Pray USA, misrepresents its goals in the article “LePage, top Republicans form Prayer Caucus,” (Jan. 18).

The caucus says its goal is simply to “preserve the Judeo-Christian heritage of our nation and protect American religious liberty.” I believe the real goal is to have our national government develop a Christian biblical world view.

This would result in no religious freedom for anyone who practices a different religion or for those who practice no religion at all.

Quote from Pray USA web site:

“A Biblical worldview begins with God in Genesis, chapter one and verse one. A Biblical worldview is viewing the world, the beginning of the world, people in the world, the problems in the world, governments in the world, issues in the world, solutions for the problems in the world, and the future of the world — through God’s Word.”

Maine Senate President Kevin Raye said, “History tells us there is every indication that the individuals who were most influential in shaping this great nation often turned to God for guidance.”

The Founding Fathers separated their personal religious views from government documents supporting freedom, especially religious freedom, for all. They got it right when they wrote “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

The Maine Prayer Caucus chairmen are David C. Burns, R-Whiting, and Dale J. Crafts, R-Lisbon.

I ask those who consider preserving religious freedom guaranteed to us by the Maine and U.S. constitutions to be important to contact these state representatives and tell them a Prayer Caucus of elected officials serves only to limit religious freedom for all.

Tom Waddell


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